Roots of the Iroquois

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Essential for students studying the U.S. Constitution.  Contrary to textbook dogma, the roots of American democracy lay not in European tradition, but in the ideals of the Iroquois Confederacy.

 

Contrary to textbook dogma, the roots of American democracy lay not in European political and religious thought but in the ideals of the Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) Confederacy. Those ideals—freedom of speech, freedom of belief, equality for all, and the right to elect and remove government officials—are mirrored in the principles of the U.S. Constitution. In Roots of the Iroquois, elder and tribal scholar—and, first of all, storyteller—Tehanetorens traces the origins of the Haudenosaunee Confederacy, its history with the white settlers, and how the new American government tried to weaken and destroy it. Along with Kaianerekowa Hotinonsionne/The Great Law of Peace of the Longhouse People and Wampum Belts of the Iroquois, this book is must reading for anyone learning (or teaching) about the U.S. Constitution.

 

 

Author: Tehanetorens/Ray Fadden (Mohawk)

Illustrations: Black and white illustrations by John Kahionhes Fadden (Mohawk)

Binding Availability: Paperback

Published: 2000

Tribes/Ethnic Groups: Mohawk, Iroquois Confederacy