Susan Hill awarded the 2018 NAISA Best First Book Award

May 22, 2018 by Department of History Staff

The Department of History is pleased to announce that Professor Susan Hill has been awarded the prestigious 2018 Best First Book Award from the Native American and Indigenous Studies Association (NAISA), for The Clay We Are Made Of: Haudenosaunee Land Tenure on the Grand River (University of Manitoba Press, 2017). 

According to the publisher, the book "presents a revolutionary retelling of the history of the Grand River Haudenosaunee from their Creation Story, through European contact, to contemporary land claims negotiations. She incorporates Indigenous theory, Fourth world post-colonialism, and Amerindian autohistory, along with Haudenosaunee languages, oral records, and wampum strings to provide a comprehensive account of the Haudenosaunee relationship
to their land."

Professor Hill's monograph was also nominated for the 2017 Sir John A. Macdonald Prize from the Canadian Historical Association (CHA). The Macdonald Prize is awarded to "the nonfiction work of Canadian history judged to have made the most significant contribution to an understanding of the Canadian past."

Congratulations to Professor Hill!

More information on the NAISA Best First Book Award.

More information on the CHA John A. Macdonal Prize.