New Book Covers the History of Indigenous Peoples in the Cayuga Lake Region | Lifestyles


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A new book traces the history of the indigenous peoples of the Cayuga Lake region until the end of the last Ice Age.

Cornell University Professor of Anthropology and Native Studies Kurt Jordan is the author of “The Gayogo̱hó꞉nǫɁ People in the Cayuga Lake Region, A Brief History”. The 80-page document covers the region’s landscape and ancient history from 13,000 years ago through recent events, including the reoccupation of the traditional territory of the Gayogo̱hó꞉nǫɁ people in 2003. Jordan has it pieced together using written records, archaeological evidence, and oral histories shared with him by the Gayogo̱hó꞉nǫɁ people.

“Professor Jordan’s book fills a critical gap for today’s audience,” said Ben Sandberg, executive director of the Tompkins County History Center, which partially funded the book, in a press release. “There is a clear desire from our community to learn and engage with Indigenous history here in Tompkins County. “The Gayogo̱hó꞉nǫɁ people in the Cayuga Lake area” is the perfect starting point for anyone wants to connect more deeply to Tompkins County and surrounding areas.”

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The book is available at the History Center, 110 N. Tioga St., Ithaca, and online at


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