The book was developed through the efforts of the Newberry Library's project to document all Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) treaties. It provides a handy reference for treaties, treaty events, participants, and a glossary of metaphors used in Haudenosaunee political rhetoric. The chapters discuss treay diplomacy, alliances, the Iroquois in Canada, Function of wampum in councils, Treaty Events from earliest known in 1613 to 1913; treaty calendar, gazetteer, and a list persons participating in treaties. Contributors include Francis Jennings, William N. Fenton, Mary Druke, Michael Foster, Robert Surtees, and David R. Miller.
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This book offers fascinating perspectives on the life, traditions, and current affairs of the peoples of the Iroquois Confederacy. Author Doug George-Kanentiio is a Mohawk now living in Oneida Territory who is actively involved in issues affecting the Confederacy.
Call Number: E99.M8 G46 2006 STAUFFER; temporarily available online via HathiTrust
Publication Date: 2006
Douglas George-Kanentiio, a member of the Mohawk Nation and an activist for Native American claims, details the history of his Nation from initial contact with the Europeans through to the casino crises. As a key figure in events of the last two decades, George-Kanentiio uses aspects of his personal story to highlight issues of public interest: the land, family and community, geography, federal interference in tribal affairs, religion, political activism, land use/claims, and connections to organized crime.
In the rich tradition of oral storytelling, Chief Irving Powless Jr. of the Beaver Clan of the Onondaga Nation reminds us of an ancient treaty. It promises that the Haudenosaunee people and non-Indigenous North Americans will respect each other's differences even when their cultures and behaviors differ greatly. Powless shares intimate stories of growing up close to the earth, of his work as Wampum Keeper for the Haudenosaunee people, of his heritage as a lacrosse player, and of the treaties his ancestors made with the newcomers. Powless illustrates for all of us the importance of respect, peace, and, most importantly, living by the unwritten laws that preserve the natural world for future generations.
The White Roots of Peace, reprinted in 1998, is an important contribution to the understanding and significance of the Six Nations Iroquois / Haudenosaunee Great Law of Peace originally published in 1946. Paul Wallace wrote this popular account of the founding of the Great Law of Peace. He set out to provide the general reader with a greater understanding of the message of peace brought to five warring nations by the Peacemaker. While researching the Iroquois, Wallace made several visits to Six Nations of the Grand River where he met with Jake Hess, Joseph Montour, and Chief William D. Loft. These personal interviews combined with the Great Law texts, previously published in translation, provided Wallace with the necessary background for a composite narrative. In addition to the original Wallace narrative, this reprint contains new material that adds a greater insight about the author and how the 1946 publication came to be written. Editor William Guy Spittal has included 14 archival photographs, 11 illustrations by Wilfred Chew Jr., an introductory essay by historian Donald B. Smith from the University of Calgary, and six published reviews from 1946.