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Accession Number: 98-008


Bernice Winslow (Dawendine) fonds. -- 1963-1995. -- 3 reel to reel tapes. -- 1 book. -- 4 audio cassettes. -- 1 VHS tape. -- 19 slides.

Biography / History

Bernice Loft Winslow's Native name was "Dawendine". She was raised as an Anglican and was also familiar with the Longhouse religious traditions of her Mohawk ancestors. Her schooling was on the Six Nations Reserve and the high school in neighbouring Caledonia. After high school, she taught school for a number of years and began to speak to groups interested in native culture.

Custodial History

This fonds was in the custody of Dr. Donald B. Smith before it was donated to Trent University Archives.

Scope and Content

This fonds consists of a published copy of "Iroquois Fires: The Six Nations Lyrics and Lore of Dawendine" by Bernice Loft Winslow; a video tape of an interview of Dawendine by Donald Smith in 1993; an audio cassette of Dawendine talking, recorded in 1972; three reel to reel tapes donated [to Dr. Smith] by Helen Rothwell; and two cassette tapes, the first of which includes an interview of Dawendine by Betty Kennedy in 1963 and an introduction by Jane Coventry at the Ontario Camping Association, and the second of which is of Dawendine telling stories at Camp Waseosa. One additional file of correspondence and short story manuscripts, a box of 19 slides, and one cassette tape were added at a later date.


Title based on the contents of the fonds.
This fonds was donated by Dr. Donald B. Smith.
Restrictions: N

Dr. Donald B. Smith was instrumental in the preparation of the book Iroquois Fires using writings from Bernice Loft Winslow's own files.