Beyond the Spectacle: Indigenous Edinburgh

Follow in the footsteps of Indigenous North American visitors to Edinburgh

Beyond the Spectacle: Indigenous Edinburgh

Scotland EH1, United Kingdom

Created By: Beyond the Spectacle

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A walking tour of Edinburgh that explores the hidden and not-so-hidden histories of Indigenous North American visitors to this famous capital city.

This walking tour has been produced by the AHRC-funded project, “Beyond the Spectacle: Native North American Presence in Britain,” a team of researchers from the Universities of Kent, East Anglia, and British Columbia, who are exploring the history of Indigenous North American peoples’ engagements and influence in Britain.



Twitter: @beyondthespec

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Annosothkah, or Chief Sampson Green, councilman of the Mohawks of the Bay of Quinte in what is currently Ontario, Canada, was welcomed to Edinburgh with a reception here in April 1887. He was touring Britain, lecturing on his nation and cu... Read more
In February 1845, a group of Baxoje performers from what is currently Iowa visited the Assembly Rooms as part of their larger tour of Britain under the management of George Catlin, an American painter and traveller. While Catlin lectured ... Read more
George Copway, a writer and missionary from the Mississauga Ojibwa First Nation in what is currently Ontario, Canada, lectured here in October and November 1850. Born in 1818, Copway attended mission school before working as an interpreter... Read more
For three stops on this tour, you’ll be following in the footsteps of a contingent of the 114th Battalion of the Canadian Expeditionary Force, who arrived in Edinburgh for a visit in December 1916. Made up of approximately 165 First Nat... Read more
In December 1916, a number of First Nation soldiers visited Edinburgh with the 114th Battalion. After arriving at Princes Street Station from Glasgow, they marched “along Princes Street at a swinging pace” before turning “off at the ... Read more
The prolific Mohawk entertainer, Os-Ke-Non-Ton, gave a lecture here on December 2, 1930: "wearing the full ceremonial dress of a chief of his tribe, [he] stood throughout his recital on the clerks' table instead of on the platform floor, a... Read more
The spectacle was an important part of the 114th Battalion’s tour of Edinburgh in December 1916 (for more on their tour, see the stops at Princes Street Station and the Mound). As The Scotsman reported, “from the highest roof of Edinbu... Read more
John Sackhouse, an Inuit from Greenland, arrived in Scotland in 1816 aboard the whaling ship, the ‘Thomas and Ann.’ He often put on displays of his sailing and hunting skills in Leith Harbour, advertising via handbills, but within a yea... Read more
Throughout its history, the Scottish Storytelling Centre has hosted a number of Indigenous performers and activists and in October 2019 it featured many in its International Storytelling Festival. These included: - Chief RoseAnne Archibald ... Read more
In 1768, two Narragansett brothers, John and Tobias Shattock, traveled to Britain to plead their peoples' case in a land dispute. Leaving New York in early January, they landed first at Greenock and transferred to Edinburgh, arriving on Apr... Read more


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