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Roots of the Iroquois
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Publication Information:
Summertown, Tenn. : Native Voices, [2000]

Physical Description:
142 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
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Central Library E99.I7 T47 2000 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area
Collins Library E99.I7 T47 2000 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf

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At one time the Iroquois Confederacy controlled a territory larger than the whole of Europe. Tehanetorens chronicles the pioneering experiment in democracy that stood as a model for a fledgling American government.

Author Notes

Tehanetorens is a master storyteller in the Mohawk tradition and also author of Legends of the Iroquois and Wampum Belts. During his lifelong career as a teacher, he established youth groups at Akwesasne to promote native values and served as president of the Indian Defense League of America. He founded the Six Nations Indian Museum in 1954 to serve as a cultural center for tribal people in the Six Nations region.

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Booklist Review

Gr. 7^-10. The complex history of the Iroquois Confederacy begins with the peace agreement negotiated by two wise men, the Peacemaker and Hiawatha. The Five Nations, comprising the Mohawks, Oneidas, Onondagas, Cayugas, and Senecas, were united before the arrival of the white man, and consisted of an area greater than all of Europe. Their Laws of the Great Peace, set out in the Iroquois constitution, inspired the founding fathers of American democracy. But the arrival of Europeans eventually brought wars over land ownership, and despite support and assistance given to the American revolutionaries, the Iroquois Confederacy was weakened and finally divided by the American government. Making extensive use of quotes from individuals and documents from the period, Tehanetorens, "a master storyteller in the Mohawk tradition," presents readers with a lively, detailed look at Iroquois history, illustrated with a selection of black-and-white drawings. Source notes aren't included, but the insights here will still be helpful to students interested in understanding the Iroquois' past. --Karen Hutt

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