The cover of "The Gayogo̱hó:nǫ’ People in the Cayuga Lake Region"

The Gayogo̱hó꞉nǫɁ People in the Cayuga Lake Region

Kurt Jordan ’88

This 80-page chronicle of the indigenous people of the Ithaca area, written by a Cornell anthropology professor, is available through the History Center in Tompkins County. Beginning 13,000 years ago at the end of the last ice age, it traces the Gayogo̱hó꞉nǫɁ—also known as the Cayuga, a mispronunciation of the name by white settlers—through the reoccupation of their traditional territory in 2003, going on to note events as recent as summer 2021. The book was written in consultation with members of the Gayogo̱hó꞉nǫɁ community as well as with Cornell language faculty. Jordan, director of Cornell’s American Indian and Indigenous Studies Program, has researched the archaeology and history of indigenous people in the Finger Lakes region for more than two decades.

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