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DECANESORA, Indian orator, born about 1640. He was a chief of the Onondagas, one of the Six Nations. Attending the conference at Albany, held in 1679 with the agent of Virginia, he, with other chiefs, presented the claims of the Indian people. It was said of the speakers, by those who were present at the conference, that they all "had great fluency of words, and much more grace in manner than any man could expect among a people entirely ignorant of the liberal arts and sciences." And of Decanesora it was said that he had "a graceful elocution that would have pleased in any part of the world."
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