Iroquois: People of the Longhouse

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An authoritative illustrated study of the People of the Longhouse.

In this handsome book, Michael G. Johnson, the author of the award-winning Encyclopedia of Native American Tribes and its companion, Arts and Crafts of the North American Tribes, looks at the people of the Iroquois Confederacy. The tribes were the Mohawk, Oneida, Cayuga, Onondaga, Seneca, and — admitted into the Iroquois as a sixth nation by 1722 — the Tuscarora.

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Overview

An authoritative illustrated study of the People of the Longhouse.

In this handsome book, Michael G. Johnson, the author of the award-winning Encyclopedia of Native American Tribes and its companion, Arts and Crafts of the North American Tribes, looks at the people of the Iroquois Confederacy. The tribes were the Mohawk, Oneida, Cayuga, Onondaga, Seneca, and — admitted into the Iroquois as a sixth nation by 1722 — the Tuscarora.

Iroquois: People of the Longhouse details their story up to the present day, when perhaps 50,000 people of Iroquois descent still live on, or near, their reserves in Canada and the U.S., with that many again living in cities.

Rich with archival, contemporary and modern photographs, maps and illustrations, Iroquois: People of the Longhouse contains certainty:

  • The Origins of the Iroquois Confederacy
  • The Six Nations and Incorporated Tribes
  • History 1500-1750
  • The French and Indian War 1754-1766
  • New Wars in the Old Northwest
  • The American Revolution and the Aftermath
  • Disintegration, Reformation and Perseverance 1783 to the Present
  • Iroquois in the West
  • Iroquois Social & Political
  • Warfare
  • Food and Flora
  • Religion and Rituals
  • Material Culture: Longhouses, Dress, Wampum, Masks, Decorative Art, Beadwork
  • Important People in Six Nations History.

An Iroquois gazetteer, bibliography and list of Iroquois reserves and reservations and their populations complete this authoritative reference.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
08/19/2013
An introductory work, this examines the history and culture of the Iroquois Confederacy, a nation that survives to the present. In its day, a significant power, able to sweep aside like so much chaff less powerful groups such as the Neutrals and Eries in the 17th century, the Confederacy dominated its Huron neighbors. Less fortunate in the face of European diseases and the growing numbers of settler colonies, and the victim of ill-fated alliances, the League of Peace and Power nevertheless commands respect. The book covers the history of the Confederacy, as well as its culture, goods and some significant figures in Iroquois history. Johnson, who has researched aboriginal peoples in North America for more than 30 years and wrote The Encyclopedia of Native Tribes of North America, has assembled a lavishly illustrated text. Unfortunately, the emphasis on visual material combined with the brevity of the work means the work can provide only a tantalizing overview of a history that stretches over at least five centuries. This coffee-table book, which includes many beautiful photos of Iroquois masks, clothing and beadwork, is suitable for the casual reader or curious grade-schoolers but readers interested in an in-depth discussion of the Haudenosaunee needs must look elsewhere. (Sept.)
Library Journal
03/01/2014
The Iroquois Confederacy, or Haudenosaunee, as they refer to themselves, was founded sometime in the 15th or 16th century. Initially comprised of the Cayuga, Mohawk, Oneida, Onondaga, and Seneca, they were joined by the Tuscarora in 1722. Johnson (The Encyclopedia of Native Tribes of North America) has produced an overview of the Iroquois that not only examines them during the 17th and 18th centuries when they were at the height of their power and influence, but also carries their story to the present day, showing that they remain a vibrant people. He divides the book into five chapters: History, Culture, Material Culture, People, and Gazetteer. The strongest part focuses on Iroquois material culture and is buttressed by copious illustrations. The final two chapters lack the detailed level of information that is presented in the previous sections. VERDICT The artwork and photographs included throughout, as well as the documentation of Iroquois history and culture to this century, make this a distinct work that is recommended for lay readers interested in Native American studies.—John R. Burch, Campbellsville Univ. Lib., KY
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781770852181
  • Publisher: Firefly Books, Limited
  • Publication date: 9/22/2013
  • Pages: 160
  • Sales rank: 746,358
  • Product dimensions: 8.90 (w) x 11.10 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Michael G. Johnson has been a researcher of the material culture, demography and linguistic relationships of Native American peoples for more than 30 years through academic institutions in North America and Europe and during numerous field studies done in cooperation with many Native American communities. He is the author of the Encyclopedia of Native American Tribes, has published many articles in specialist publications and is a former associate editor of Pow-Wow Trails and American Indian Crafts and Culture, a contributing editor to Whispering Winds magazine, and an advisor to Indian Artifact magazine.

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Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Introduction

The Origins of the Iroquois Confederacy
The Six Nations

1 History

1500-1750
The French and Indian War 1754-1760
New Wars in the Northwest
The American Revolution and the Aftermath
Disintegration, Reformation, and Perseverance: 1783 to the Present
Iroquois in the West

2 Culture

Iroquois Social and Political Organization
Warfare
Food and Flora
Religion and Rituals

3 Material Culture

Introduction
Woodsplint Baskets
Longhouses
Dress
Wampum
Masks
Decorative Art
Iroquois Beadwork of the 19th Century

4 People

Important
Non-Indians in Iroquois (Six Nations) History

5 Gazetteer
Appendices

1 Common Present-day Iroquois Surnames
2 Iroquois Reserves, Reservations, and Populations

Bibliography
Index

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