The Rotinonshonni: A Traditional Iroquoian History Through the Eyes of Teharonhia:wako and Sawiskera

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The Hudson River Valley Review
Mohawk scholar Rice makes a bold political move with this history of the Iroquois written from their worldview. His compelling narrative relies primarily on oral traditions, but his extensive research included nonindigenous sources as well. While it is an eminently readable history, the introduction and endnotes provide orientation to readers unfamiliar with such tradition and facilitate a deeper understanding of the work.
Choice Reviews
"The Haudenosaunee have long been studied; more than 30 academic articles are centered solely on Haudenosaunee creation narratives. What sets Rice's book apart is that he combines the creation narrative, the Great Binding Law, and the Code of Handsome Lake into a good book. The three narratives often are interpreted to be the cornerstones of Haudenosaunee culture, even the underpinnings of the philosophical worldviews that are uniquely Haudenosaunee. Rice's work with famed speaker and traditionalist Chief Jacob Thomas is tangible throughout the book and makes for a great read. Summing Up: Highly recommended."
New York History
An excellent resource for students and those with a general interest in indigenous people, as the text encapsulates the vast scope of the Rotinonshonni belief system and poses oral history as a valid and essential method for understanding their culture. Indeed, for Brian Rice it is simply not possible to exclude the oral traditions of the Rotinonshonni from the historical record.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780815610212
  • Publisher: Syracuse University Press
  • Publication date: 5/15/2013
  • Pages: 328
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 1.00 (d)

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