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Full Name: Harriet Maxwell Converse
(1836-1903)(Yaiewano/Gayaneshaoh) Adopted Seneca, poet, writer. Harriet Maxwell Converse was born in Elmira, New York. After traveling and marriages, she settled in New York City. Her grandfather (Guy Maxwell/Tasewayaee) and father (Thomas Maxwell/Hejeno) worked/traded closely with the Seneca. A critically well received poet, Converse became increasingly interested in the Iroquois and the friendships with her family. She had a longstanding letter writing relationship with Ely S. Parker which made it possible for her to write the manuscript published after her death: "Myths and Legends of the New York Iroquois." She is responsible for many papers, articles and letters. She was adopted by the Snipe Clan and later, was confirmed to serve as a Seneca chief of the Six Nations. Though perceived by most, during that time in Iroquois history, as a purely ceremonial role, she was the first white woman to do so.
Native American Information:
Name: Yaiewano/Gayaneshaoh
Tribe: Adopted Seneca Chief
Author's Timeline:
1836 Chemung County
Harriet Maxwell was born in Elmira, New York, in 1836. 
1866 New York County
Harriet Maxwell Converse and her husband, Frank Converse, settled in New York City, around 1866, and by 1881 they were living on West 46th Street in Manhattan, New York. 
1908 (Unknown) County
Myths and Legends of the New York Iroquois
Collection of essays, edited by Ely Parker's grand-nephew, Arthur C. Parker. 
1903 (Unknown) County
Harriet Maxwell Converse died in 1903. 
1884 (Unknown) County
The Ho-de'-no-sau-nee: the Confederacy of the Iroquois (the Six Nations): A Poem
(Pub: New York, London: G. P. Putnam's Sons. ISBN: )

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