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Conservatism among the Iroquois at the Six Nations Reserve

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Annemarie Anrod Shimony's classic work clearly shows the contemporary cultural and religious crises that face the Longhouse Iroquois at the Six Nations Reserve, Ontario. Shimony presents a lucid and eloquent account of the survival of the Native American tradition, which is struggling to maintain political and cultural autonomy in an ever-changing modern world. Based on original field work dating from 1953 to 1961, and supplemented by new material describing changes during the last thirty years, Shimony's work is...
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Annemarie Anrod Shimony's classic work clearly shows the contemporary cultural and religious crises that face the Longhouse Iroquois at the Six Nations Reserve, Ontario. Shimony presents a lucid and eloquent account of the survival of the Native American tradition, which is struggling to maintain political and cultural autonomy in an ever-changing modern world. Based on original field work dating from 1953 to 1961, and supplemented by new material describing changes during the last thirty years, Shimony's work is once again the most comprehensive ethnography of the largest extant traditional Iroquoian community. Some of the material discussed includes the social organization, the system of hereditary chiefs, the beliefs and practices of the Longhouse religion, the events of the Iroquoian life cycle, and the extensive medicinal and witchcraft aspects of the culture. Additional areas of focus include the rituals of the agricultural calendar and Iroquois conceptions of death and burial rituals. As Elizabeth Tooker wrote in Indians of the Northeast, Shimony's monograph is, "next to Morgan's League, the most important general description of the Iroquois." With its new material added, Conservatism among the Iroquois is once again required reading for anyone interested in Native American culture.
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A detailed analysis of the contemporary cultural and religious crises that face the Longhouse Iroquois at the Six Nations Reserve in Ontario, Canada, based on original fieldwork dating from 1953-1961 and supplemented by new material describing changes during the last 30 years. Appendices contain lists of fluent Native speakers on the reserve as of June 1992, clan affiliation of the hereditary chiefs, and moiety affiliation of clans at various longhouses. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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  • ISBN-13: 9780815626305
  • Publisher: Syracuse University Press
  • Publication date: 5/28/1994
  • Series: Iroquois and Their Neighbors Series
  • Edition description: Syracuse University Press ed
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 344
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 9.95 (h) x 0.78 (d)

Table of Contents

Illustrations
Preface to the Original Edition
Introduction
I Structure of the Orthodox Community
A Statement of the Problem 11
Social Organization 18
Longhouse Membership and Organization 35
Longhouse Functionaries 70
The Hereditary Chiefs 91
II Content of the Orthodox Culture
Longhouse Ceremonials 127
The Orthodox Life Cycle 206
Medicine and Witchcraft 261
Conclusions 289
Appendix: In Search of Fluent Native Speakers 295
Bibliography 299
Index 309
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