Seven Generations of Iroquois Leadership: The Six Nations since 1800

Seven Generations of Iroquois Leadership: The Six Nations since 1800

by Laurence Hauptman

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Seven Generations of Iroquois Leadership: The Six Nations since 1800 by Laurence Hauptman

In Seven Generations of Iroquois Leadership, Laurence M. Hauptman traces the past 200 years of the Six Nations' history through the lens of the remarkable leaders who shaped it. Focusing on the distinct qualities of Iroquois leadership, Hauptman reveals how the Six Nations have survived as a distinct people in the face of overwhelming pressure. Employing a biographical approach and extensive research, the author explores the ways in which leaders use the past to deal with cultural, economic, and political survival.
Celebrated figures such as Governor Blacksnake and Cornelius Cusick are juxtaposed with less well-known but nonetheless influential champions of Haudenosaunee culture and sovereignty such as Aunt Dinah John and Ernie Benedict. Hauptman achieves an impressive balance with the inclusion of both male and female leaders, highlighting the equally important role women played in the development and direction of the confederacy after American independence.
Including leaders from all six Iroquois nations and all regions of modern-day Iroquoia, the book offers both historical and contemporary portraits. Hauptman's lucid prose combined with a compelling narrative make this an accessible and indispensable volume.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780815631897
Publisher: Syracuse University Press
Publication date: 10/28/2008
Series: The Iroquois and Their Neighbors Series
Pages: 326
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Laurence M. Hauptman is a SUNY Distinguished Professor of History at the State University of New York at New Paltz. He is the author of many books and articles on Native American studies, including Conspiracy of Interests: Iroquois Dispossession and the Rise of New York State and The Iroquois in the Civil War: From Battlefield to Reservation, both published by Syracuse University Press.

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