|Supernatural tales among the Seneca and other Iroquois, or Hodinohsyoni,1 nations have been a critical part of their culture before recorded history and are still enjoyed today. While the specific content and way of telling the stories may have changed over time, the popularity of supernatural themes remains, and many of the stories' characters still feature prominently in both text and storytelling in the community. The building of the Kinzua Dam on the Seneca Allegany Territory in the late 1960s and the subsequent upheaval in the community have deepened the tradition of stories about supernatural incidents. The upheaval has also served as a means through which old stories have gained strength and aided community members removed by the dam's construction in overcoming those tragic events.
|Oral Tradition, 29/1 (2014): 87-98.
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|Seneca storytelling : Effect of the Kinzua Dam on interpretations of supernatural stories