This web site offers an online version of the exhibition, “Mohawk Ideals, Victorian Values: Oronhyatekha, M.D.” which was featured at the Woodland Cultural Centre in Brantford, Ontario (27 July to 17 December, 2001) and at the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto, Ontario (2 March to 4 August, 2002). The exhibition and web site are devoted primarily to the life story of Oronhyatekha (Peter Martin), but also offer educational information about the evolving political and cultural life of the Iroquois nations and an emerging Canada during the nineteenth century.
The site is divided into the following sections, which you can reach by clicking on these icons, wherever you see them:
Historical Collection

Slide show on the life of Oronhyatekha:

Educational resources

Oronhyatekha’s Historical Collection:


  • Read about the amazing life of “Dr. O.”
  • Click on the icon to read the text in Mohawk
  • Click on the icon: to study Oronhyatekha’s family tree
  • Click on the timeline icon: to find out about Oronhyatekha’s life in its historical framework
  • Lesson plans for grades 7 & 8
  • A synoptic chart shows Oronhyatekha’s life in its historical framework
  • A bibliography
  • Links to other web sites
  • A floorplan of the exhibition
  • Oronhyatekha’s family tree
Browse through the 1904 catalogue to the collection and read about the 800 pieces Oronhyatekha collected Collaborators and contributors to this site
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