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The Great Law and the Longhouse : a political history of the Iroquois Confederacy

Author: William N Fenton
Publisher: Norman : University of Oklahoma Press, ©1998.
Series: Civilization of the American Indian series, v. 223.
Edition/Format:   Print book : State or province government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"This summary represents a major synthesis of the history and culture of the Six Nations from the mid-sixteenth century to the Canandaigua treaty of 1794. William N. Fenton, the dean of Iroquoian studies, has used primary sources extensively, in both French and English, to create a very readable narrative and an invaluable reference for all future scholars of Iroquois polity."--BOOK JACKET. "The Great Law, a living  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Sources
Material Type: Government publication, State or province government publication
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: William N Fenton
ISBN: 0806130032 9780806130033
OCLC Number: 36969722
Description: xxii, 786 pages : illustrations, maps ; 26 cm.
Contents: pt. 1. Cultural foundations of the Iroquois League --
pt. 2. Concerning the League --
pt. 3. League for war and peace in the seventeenth century --
pt. 4. Balancing Onontio and the English Crown, 1702-1759 --
pt. 5. Balancing crown and colonies, 1760-1777 --
pt. 6. Federal Treaty Period, 1777-1794.
Series Title: Civilization of the American Indian series, v. 223.
Responsibility: William N. Fenton.

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"This summary represents a major synthesis of the history and culture of the Six Nations from the mid-sixteenth century to the Canandaigua treaty of 1794. William N. Fenton, the dean of Iroquoian studies, has used primary sources extensively, in both French and English, to create a very readable narrative and an invaluable reference for all future scholars of Iroquois polity."--BOOK JACKET. "The Great Law, a living tradition among the conservative Iroquois, is sustained by celebrating the condolence ceremony when they mourn a dead chief and install his successor for life on good behavior. This ritual act, reaching back to the dawn of history, maintains the League of the Iroquois, the legendary form of government that gave way over time to the Iroquois Confederacy. Fenton verifies historical accounts from his own long experience of Iroquois society, so that his political ethnography extends into the twentieth century as he considers in detail the relationship between customs and events. His main argument is the remarkable continuity of Iroquois political tradition in the face of military defeat, depopulation, territorial loss, and acculturation to European technology."--Jacket.

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