Booksigning at Skanonh with Who Are These People Anyway? by Chief Irving Powless Jr.

The Onondaga Historical Association, in cooperation with Syracuse University Press, will host a book signing event at the Skä•noñh-Great Law of Peace Center on Onondaga Lake Parkway in Liverpool, New York. The book, Who Are These People Anyway? by Chief Irving Powless Jr. Powless Jr. has been a chief of the Beaver Clan of the Onondaga Nation since 1964. A historian, statesman, actor, musician, and veteran, he has lectured about Indigenous culture and sovereignty, and has been a key spokesperson for the Haudenosaunee nations.

“In this fascinating book, Powless writes of his experiences living for over eighty years on traditional Onondaga territory. He tells of the teachings passed down through generations and shares traditional knowledge of environmental challenges and sustainability. This book not only provides a better understanding of the Onondaga people, it creates a bridge between the Onondaga and non-Onondaga communities and promises to enhance knowledge of the historical and contemporary issues concerning both communities.”—Brian Rice, associate professor of education, University of Winnipeg

“The narrative of Chief Powless provides unique insights into contemporary Haudenosaunee life from one of the most respected Native leaders of our time. His book is entertaining, informative, and essential if one is to know who we are.”—Doug George-Kanentiio, Akwesasne Mohawk and author of Iroquois on FireOnondaga Historical Association_logo

“Chief Irving Powless Jr. is one of the most eloquent and earth-based speakers I have ever known. It is with great honor I recommend this book, which takes you through his life with stories and belief systems of the Iroquois. A must read!”—Joanne Shenandoah, PhD, Oneida Iroquois

The book’s editor, Lesley Forester, will give a presentation and be available to sign copies of the book which can be purchased in the Skä•noñh Center gift shop the day of the event.

If you have any questions about this event please contact Dan Connors at (315) 453-6767 or

This event is free and open to the public.

Thursday, May 19, 2016

7:00PM – 9:00PM

Skä•noñh Center
6680 Onondaga Lake Parkway
Liverpool, NY 13088

Admission Info: Free