Children of the Longhouse

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In this coming-of-age story, 11-year-old twins, brother and sister, are living in a Mohawk town in 1491.

 

So much fiction available to young people focuses on the cataclysmic relationship between the Indians and non-Indians that it’s easy for some to forget that people have lived in, and called this place “home,” for millennia. In this coming-of-age story, the children of the longhouse are Ohkwa’ri and Itsi:tsia, 11-year-old twins, brother and sister, living in a Mohawk town in the traditional homelands of what is now eastern New York State, in 1491. Reflecting the balance between male and female roles in Iroquois society, the book’s chapters alternate between the events and perspectives of Ohkwa’ri and Itsi:tsia, who very definitely see things differently. Bruchac seamlessly incorporates an impressive amount of information about pre-contact Mohawk culture, society, and beliefs, and tells a good story as well.

 

Author: Joseph Bruchac (Abenaki)

Binding Availability: Paperback

Published: 1996

Tribes/Ethnic Groups: Mohawk