The Iroquois: The Six Nations Confederacy

The Iroquois: The Six Nations Confederacy

by Jane Duden
     
 

Provides an overview of the past and present lives of the Iroquois Native Americans of New York and Ontario, tracing their customs, family life, history, culture, and government.  See more details below

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Provides an overview of the past and present lives of the Iroquois Native Americans of New York and Ontario, tracing their customs, family life, history, culture, and government.

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Children's Literature
The six tribes of Iroquois Nation live in New York and Ontario. The federation of states that became the United States may well have been modeled after the Iroquois League, which originally included five nations. The Tuscora joined them in 1722. Women played an extremely important part in Iroquois life. Skilled warriors, the Iroquois often fought with other groups from the mid-1600s to mid-1700s. They sided with the British in the French and Indian War, but were technically neutral during the American Revolution. In truth, many individuals fought for one side or the other. The Americans punished them for siding with the British by burning their villages, causing many to flee from New York to Canada for protection. Much of the land belonging to those who remained in New York was taken over by the government and many Iroquois moved to reservations. Today, some of the Iroquois are know as accomplished steelworkers, especially on bridges and skyscrapers. Their reservations cannot support their populations, causing many to work off the reservations. Gaming as a source of income is currently an issue among the Iroquois. While many children today do not speak their native languages, they are being taught their history and the many cultural traditions of their nation. Part of Bridgestone's "American Indian Nations," this basic introduction has captioned photographs and illustrations to help readers understand their history and way of life. A glossary, bibliography (including Web sites), index, and timeline will help students understand the Iroquois' history and culture. This is a serviceable, albeit dry, informational book for elementary students. 2003, Bridgestone Press,
— Peg Glisson
School Library Journal
Gr 4-7-Englar includes chapters on "The Iroquois Today" and "Sharing the Traditions" to indicate the continuing vitality of the Iroquois nations. In addition, she discusses family life, history, foods, government, culture, and daily life. Information is interesting and clearly presented, making the book useful for reports. Full-color photos, reproductions, and a map are included. Unfortunately, the drawing of the longhouse does not show an inside view. This book is good for general reading as well as for research.-Kim Donius, Alfred-Almond Central School, Almond, NY Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780736813532
Publisher:
Capstone Press
Publication date:
09/01/2002
Series:
Our Government Series
Pages:
24
Sales rank:
1,106,085
Product dimensions:
7.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.30(d)
Age Range:
8 - 9 Years

Meet the Author

Mary Englar is a freelance writer and a teacher of English and creative writing. She has a master of fine arts degree in writing from Minnesota State University, and has written more than 30 nonfiction books for children. She continues to read and write about the many different cultures of our world in Minnesota.

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