GANASOWADA COULD HAVE BEEN ONEIDA NAME FOR JAMBA FLATS
Donald A. Windsor
“Ganasowada” was probably the origin of our word “Canasawacta” and could have been the Oneida name for the area along of the Canasawacta Creek between the Chenango River and NY State Route 12, the land we currently call the “Jamba Flats”.
Documentation stems from the name “Ganasowada” on the Lewis H. Morgan map of 1721, published in 1851 (1). It is located on the knoll by the northern entrance to Mount Hope Cemetery.
For a full explanation see my recent article (2).
1. Morgan, Lewis H. Map of Ho-De-No-Sau-Nee-Ga or the Territories of the People of the Long House in 1720 : exhibiting the home country of the Iroquois with the aboriginal names of their villages, lakes, rivers, streams & ancient localities, and the courses of their principal trails. Albany, NY: R.H. Pease. 1851. hdl.huntington.org/cdm/ref/collection/p15150coll4/id/6998 (accessed on 31 December 2017).
2. Windsor, Donald A. Ganasowada to Canasawacta. Journal of the Chenango County Historical Society 2018 Summer; 7: 107- 112.