Encyclopedia of the Haudenosaunee (Iroquois Confederacy)

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Bruce Elliott Johansen, Barbara Alice Mann
Greenwood Publishing Group, 2000 - History - 366 pages

A comprehensive reference work on the Haudenosaunee (Iroquois Confederacy), containing over 200 entries covering Haudenosaunee history, present-day issues, and contributions to general North American culture. Haudenosaunee (People of the Longhouse) is the name the Iroquois use for their confederacy (Iroquois is the name given them by the French). This encyclopedia surveys the histories of the six constituent nations of the confederacy (Seneca, Cayuga, Onondaga, Oneida, Mohawk, and Tuscarora, adopted about 1725). Several entries also trace ways in which the practices of the Iroquois have filtered into general North American society.

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Page 44 - We have had some experience of it: several of our young people were formerly brought up at the colleges of the northern provinces; they were instructed in all your sciences; but when they came back to us, they were bad runners; ignorant of every means of living in the woods; unable to bear either cold or hunger; knew neither how to build a cabin, take a deer, or kill an enemy; spoke our language imperfectly; were therefore neither fit for hunters, warriors, or counsellors; they were totally good...
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About the author (2000)

BRUCE ELLIOTT JOHANSEN is Robert T. Reilly Professor of Communication and Coordinator of the Native American Studies Program at the University of Nebraska at Omaha. He is the editor of Native American Political Systems and the Evolution of Democracy (Greenwood, 1996), The Encyclopedia of Native American Legal Tradition (Greenwood, 1998), The Encylopedia of Native-American Economic History (Greenwood, 1999), and Native America and the Evolution of Democracy (Greenwood, 1999), and Shapers of the Great Debate on Native Americans: Land, Spirit, and Power (Greenwood, 2000).

BARBARA ALICE MANN teaches in the English Department at the University of Toledo, Ohio.

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