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Focus on Douglas George - Kanentiio

 

Lecturer - Author - Award Winning Journalist and Film Consultant

 

Kanentiio, is Akwesasne Mohawk territory and is a lecturer, renowned author and award winning journalist.  He is nationally recognized as a primary source of information about Iroquois politics and culture. His expertise has been relied upon and sought after by historians, film producers as well as television documentary directors. He is a columnist for News From Indian Country and Indian Time publications. 

 

Kanentiio’s columns have also been printed in such publications as the Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post, Toronto Star, Rochester Democrat-Chronicle, Montreal Gazette, The London Free Press, Schenectady Gazette and the Albany Times Union.  For nine years The Syracuse Newspapers printed his columns on the Opinion page.

 

Kanentiio was presented with the "Wassaja Award" for contributions to journalism,  the highest honor bestowed by the Native American Journalists Association, and was also featured in Gentlemen's Quarterly  (GQ) Magazine.

 

Kanentiio was the editor of  Akwesasne Notes for six years, the largest circulated bimonthly international journal about indigenous people worldwide.  He also edited Indian Time, a newspaper serving the Mohawk Nation.

 

Film Consultant:

In September of 2007, Kanentiio was technical and historical consultant on films such as “Haiwatha’s Story” by Think Film, Inc. and The Discovery Channel. He was Technical advisor on the IMAX Film “Man Who Would be King”.  As advisor for a television series called "How the West Was Lost", Kanentiio was extensively involved in the 1 hour television documentary broadcast on the Discovery Channel. The specific episode is entitled "Divided We Fall:  The Iroquois and the American Revolution".  From script development and review to insuring cultural accuracy as well as on-screen interviews, Kanentiio was an integral part of the project. He is also serving as a member of the board of directors for Native American Television network.

 

Author:

Kanentiio is the author of the books "Skywoman", “Iroquois on Fire” and "Iroquois Culture and Commentary" as well as a contributor to  the texts "Treaty of Canandaigua", “A Seat at the Table” and “Sovereignty, Colonialism and the Indigenous Nations”, “Beyond Forgiveness: Rituals of Reconciliation” and “The Soul and Spirit of Tea”. His book“Iroquois on Fire”  was released by Greenwood Press (Aug 31, 2006), forward by Vine Deloria, Jr. endorsements which include Wilma Mankiller, Dr. Huston Smith and Les LoBaugh, Esq. The book which provides an internal perspective on contemporary Haudenosaunee issues.

 

Lecturer and Education Interests:

Kanentiio is currently the vice president of the Hiawatha Institute for Indigenous Knowledge at Syracuse University, a centre for the preservation and promotion of the ancestral teachings of the Native peoples of the northeast. The HI is the fifth such institution in the world.

 

Kanentiio was selected to be a delegate to the World Parliament of Religions in Capetown, South Africa in 1999, in 2004 in Barcelona, Spain and again in  2009 in Melbourne, Australia. His experiences in Capetown  are part of the "A Seat at the Table" film  by Gary Rhine and and book by Phil Cousineau.

 

Kanentiio coordinated the Traditional Knowledge conferences for the American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES) and was a presenter at its Native Astronomy -Star session at the University of Colorado and organized the "Traditional Knowledge: Plants" conference in Albuquerque, New Mexico. He also served as moderator for the AISES conference on "Origins and Migrations" held in Boulder, Colorado in November, 1995.  

 

Kanentiio has spoken on contemporary Native American issues in such countries as Spain, Africa, Istanbul, Italy, Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Luxembourg.  Kanentiio has given lectures and key note speeches at many universities and conferences throughout the United states.   He was the featured lecturer at the annual Partners in America "Fellowship and International Development" gathering held at Tuskegee, Alabama as well as delivering the key lecture at the 2005 “Northeastern Indians and the American Revolution Conference at the Pequot Museum in Mashantucket, CT.

 

Advisor Mohawk Nation:

Kanentiio has served as an advisor for the Mohawk Nation Council regarding the securing of an historic Trade and Commerce agreement with the United States and the State of New York.  Kanentiio was selected in 1996 to serve on the Board of Trustees for the National Museum of the American Indian where he helped plan the facility on the National Mall in Washington DC and was the chairperson of the Museum’s Repatriation and Collections Committee.

 

As a former Mohawk Nation delegate to the Haudenosaunee Standing Committee on Burial Rules and Regulations, Kanentiio was involved in coordinating the return of Iroquois sacred objects from museums across the United States.

 

For five years Kanentiio was a member of the Mohawk Nation Business Committee.  His task was to draft rules and regulations regarding specific economic activities upon Mohawk territory as well as to review economic development proposals.  He was a member of the Mohawk Nation Land Claims Committee for seven years and was one of the founders of the Akwesasne Communications Society which in turn oversaw the development of Radio CKON, the only exclusively aboriginal licensed broadcasting facility in North America.

 

WORK HISTORY:

2008:         Technical Advisor: Discovery Channel: “First Nations” film, Think Film, Inc.

2007:         Columnist, News From Indian Country (since 1993)

2006:         Technical Advisor: “The Man Who Would Not Be King” IMAX Film

2005:                         Consultant, Interviewee: The History Channel: “Battlefield

                                  Detective” series: “Oriskany”

2001:         Consultant:  “Dancing on Mother Earth” documentary

1998:         Consultant, Interviewee: “A Seat at the Table” documentary

 

1996 to 2002:           Trustee - National Museum of the American Indian

1993 to 2001:           Columnist - Syracuse Herald Journal

1993 to 1999:           Mohawk Nation Delegate, Haudenosaunee Standing

                                   Committee  on Burial Rules and  Regulations

1995:                         Consultant “How the West Was Lost” Discovery Channel TV Series

1992 to Present:      Chairman, Round Dance Productions, Inc.,  a non-profit cultural organization

1986-1992:        Editor, Akwesasne Notes-Indian Times Newspapers

1984-1985:        Researcher and Lecturer, Akwesasne Museum

1983:                   Intern, New York State Archives, Albany, NY

 

EDUCATION:

1977:                   University of New Mexico, Philosophy and Journalism, Albuquerque, NM

1977-1980:         Syracuse University, History and Religion major, Syracuse, NY

1980-1983:         Antioch School of Law, Washington, DC

 

ASSOCIATIONS:

1984 to Present: Founding and current member of the Native American Journalists Association

1984-1990:         Mohawk Nation Land Claims Committee

1984-1988:         Mohawk Nation Business Committee

1982-1992:         Founding  member of the Akwesasne Communications Society:  Radio CKON

1984-1990:         Akwesasne Emergency Team

1996-1997:         Negotiator with the Haudenosaunee Trade and Commerce Commission

1996-2002:         Board of Trustees, National Museum of the American Indian

 

AWARDS:

2006:         Honoree-Saratoga Native Arts Festival

2002:         Olympic Torch Bearer

1998:         Best Column - Native American Journalists Association

1997:         Honorable Mention - Best Column - Native American Journalists Association

1994:         Wassaja Award for excellence in writing and dedication to journalism

                   by the Native American Journalists Association, UNITY Conference, Georgia

1979:         D'arcy McNickle Fellowship, National History Center for the

                   American Indian, Newberry Library, Chicago, Illinois

 

Douglas George - Kanentiio

Oneida Iroquois Territory

Box 450, Oneida Castle, NY 13421

Tel. and Fax: (315) 363-1655

E-Mail: Kanentiio@aol.com

 


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