Dr. Oronhyatekha: His Life and Legacy
Dr. Oronhyatekha (1841-1907), born at the Six Nations of the Grand River, led an extraordinary life, rising to prominence in medicine, politics, and fraternalism. In London, he served as physician to several local reserves, established a downtown practice, became embroiled in the controversial search for Tecumseh’s grave, lobbied for the vote for Native peoples, and lost a son in the 1881 Victoria Day disaster. Successfully challenging the racial criteria of London’s Independent Order of Foresters, a fraternal life insurance company, he became its first non-white member and ultimately its Supreme Chief Ranger.
Michelle Hamilton will focus on Dr O's time in London, and be on hand to sell and sign books.