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The Iroquois
Snow, Dean R., 1940-
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Publication Information:
Oxford ; Cambridge, Mass. : Blackwell, [1996]

Physical Description:
xvii, 270 pages : illustrations\., maps ; 24 cm.
General Note:
Originally published in 1994.
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E99.I7 S63 1996 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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This is a comprehensive account of the five tribes - Onandagas, Senecas, Mohawks, Oneidas and Cayugas - who together made up the Iriquois nation, form their origins in prehistory to their dispersal and confinement after the American Revolution. This accessible account by the leading schlolar in the filed draws on the widest possible range of archaeological evidence to provide a narrative interpretation of a people whose beliefs and culture have remained to Americans matters of mystery.

Author Notes

Dean Snow is professor and head of anthropology at the Pennsylvania State University. His previous books include The Archaeology of North America (1979) and The Archaeology of North American Indians (1989).

Reviews 2

Library Journal Review

The Iroquois nation, made up of five tribes-Onandagas, Senecas, Mohawks, Oneidas, and Cayugas-had a rich culture and history before and after the European invasion. Snow (SUNY, Albany) takes us from their origins in the first century through their survival to the present. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Choice Review

In this informative and highly readable study, Snow has produced an impressive synthesis of Iroquois history from its antecedents in Northeastern Archaic cultures to the present. The text blends archaeological, historical, and oral traditions into a tapestry of the significant role the Iroquois have played, and continue to play, in American society. What is most impressive is Snow's ability to juxtapose Iroquois oral tradition and cultural meanings with modern scientific analysis and data without patronizing or idealizing either one. This book is more than just a survey. Scholars will find much to ponder in Snow's revisionist analysis of a wide range of issues, including a critique of the in situ thesis of Iroquois origins, a richly textured analysis of Iroquois demographic patterns, a rebuttal to the common claim that the US Constitution rests on the Founding Fathers' understanding of the Iroquois League, and an unflinching view of the difficulties facing Iroquois peoples today. Snow's work complements and in some areas supersedes the treatment of the Iroquois in volume 15 of the Handbook of North American Indians, ed. by Bruce Trigger (CH, Jul'79). All levels. R. L. Haan; Hartwick College

Table of Contents

1 Origins: A. D. 900-1150: The Midwinter Moon
2 Owasco: A. D. 1150-1350: The Sugar Moon
3 The Development of Northern Iroquoian: The Fishing Moon
4 The Rise of the League: 1525-1600: The Planting Moon
5 The Coming of Europeans: 1600-1634: The Strawberry Moon
6 The Year of Death: 1634: The Lost Moon
7 The Struggle for Hearts and Minds: 1635-1700: The Green Bean Moon
8 Iroquoia in the Balance: 1700-1750: The Green Corn Moon
9 The Loss of Independence: 1750-1800: The Fresh Moon
10 Revival and Subjection: 1800-1850: The Harvest Moon
11 The Worst of Times: 1850-1900: The Hunting Moon
12 The Rise of Modern Iroquois: 1900-1950: The Cold Moon
13 The Contemporary Scene: 1950-2000: The Very Cold Moon
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