A Note on Materials and Methodology
This book follows on the heels of several studies done in the community
during the past century, and of specific books written in the past two de-
cades, as well as articulating to films written and directed by community
members. Much of the research that was done in the community proper
had been dominated by the discourse of five to ten community members
since the time of David Blanchard’s unpublished dissertation (1982). The
field changed significantly since the mid- 1990s, with the publication of
Gerald (Taiaiake) Alfred’s three books: Heeding the Voices of Our An-
cestors: Kahnawake Mohawk Politics and the Rise of Native Nationalism
(1995), Peace Power and Righteousness: An Indigenous Manifesto (1999),
and Wasase: Indigenous Pathways of Power and Freedom (2005), all of
which drew from the experiences of a more diverse group of people. Donna
Goodleaf’s book Entering the Warzone: A Mohawk Perspective on Resisting
Invasions (1995); Gerald Reid’s book, Kahnawà:ke: Factionalism, Tradition-
alism, and Nationalism in a Mohawk Community (2004); award- winning
local journalism such as The Eastern Door (published weekly and avail-
able online: and Iorì:wase—News from the
Kanien’kehá:ka Nation, another award- winning weekly news source, which
is published online ( and also in print have also
shifted the scholarly and public understanding of the community. The on-
going vitality of the radio station, K103 Kahnawà:ke (http://www.k103radio
.com/), which has a wide listenership in the community proper but also in
the surrounding communities of Chateauguay and parts of Montreal, also
provides a contemporary source. In 2001 the community started its own
tv station, Kawatokont tv (ktv), which regularly broadcasts news and
ongoing regular programming in Mohawk and English. The concentration
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