Julia Jamieson

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Julia L. Jamieson (1889–1975) was a member of the Six Nations of the Grand River in Canada.

Jamieson was born to Augustus Jamieson, a Cayuga teacher and member of the Six Nations School Board, and Emmeline Echo-Hill, a Mohawk and daughter of Chief Jacob Hill.[1] Julia Jamieson was a scholar, author, and teacher in the Six Nations School Board for many years.[2] She was a founding member of the Six Nations Teacher's Organization[3] and President of the local Baptist Young People's Union.[4] By 1966 she had retired.[5]

Books authored by Jamieson include Echoes of the Past: A History of Education from the time of the Six Nations Settlement on the Banks of the Grand River in 1784 to 1924, and a history of the Six Nations Agricultural Society.[1] She worked to preserve the Mohawk language, writing in the late 1950s a four-volume set of textbooks titled The Mohawk Language;[6] the Jamieson orthography, one of several writing systems for the language, is based on a system used by 18th-century missionaries.[7] She was also involved with the Six Nations Reserve Forest Theatre including a production based on the life of Pauline Johnson. She also created a museum dedicated to Pauline Johnson.[1]

Her commitment to education was honoured by the naming of Jamieson Elementary School in Ohsweken after her and her three siblings, all teachers.[8]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Norman, Alison (2015). ""True to my own noble race"". Ontario History. 107 (1): 5–34. doi:10.7202/1050677ar. ISSN 0030-2953.
  2. "Day school children on Six Nations study lessons under Indian teachers". The Indian News. 1 (4). July 1955. p. 5. hdl:10680/555. Miss Julia Jamieson has taught on Six Nations Reserve for 47 years. ... Jamieson has taught children whose grandparents studied under her.
  3. Moses, Olive; Henhawk, Doris; King, Loyd (1987). History of Education on the Six Nations Reserve. Brantford: Woodland Cultural Centre. Search this book on Amazon.com Logo.png
  4. “Anglican Churches,” File 4, Box 470, Accession 89/55, Sally Weaver Collection, Canadian Museum of History.
  5. "End Of Reservations Feared; Ontario Plan Bothers Indians". Calgary Herald. January 8, 1966 – via Newspapers.com.
  6. The Mohawk Language. WorldCat. OCLC 63030949. Retrieved 2021-05-15. Search this book on Amazon.com Logo.png
  7. "Conference Report". The Mohawk Language Standardisation Project. August 9–10, 1993. Retrieved 2021-05-15.CS1 maint: Date format (link)
  8. Beaver, George. "School Bears Name of Historic Family". Six Nations Public Library: Brantford Expositor. Retrieved 2021-05-15. Reprinted in Beaver, George (1997). Mohawk reporter : the Six Nations columns of George Beaver. Iroqrafts. p. 59. ISBN 9780919645240. Search this book on Amazon.com Logo.png

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