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A Traditional Iroquoian History through the Eyes of Teharonhia:wako and Sawiskera
"Rice adds another unique voice to ongoing discussions and
exploration of the Haudenosaunee cosmological narrative. . . .
"“Rice’s book is a fascinating and instructive
examination of the Rotinonshonni.
. . . 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."—New York History
"The breadth and depth of the knowledge within this relatively
brief account of Rotinonshonni history is amplified by Rice’s ability
to capture the lyrical quality of the oral tradition in his writing."—The Hudson River Valley Review
Brian Rice (Natoway) is associate professor in the Department of Education at the University
of Winnipeg and adjunct professor in the Arthur V. Mauro Centre for Peace and Justice at the
University of Manitoba. A Mohawk scholar, Rice received his doctorate from the Native Traditional
Knowledge Program at the California Institute of Integral Studies.
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In this book, Rice offers a comprehensive history based on the oral traditions of the
Rotinonshonni "Longhouse People," also known as the Iroquois. As a participant
in a nearly 700-mile walk following the story of the Peacemaker, who confederated
the original five warring nations that became the Rotinonshonni, Rice
traces the historic sites located in what are now known as the Mississippi River
Valley, Upstate New York, southern Quebec, and Ontario.
He draws upon a wide variety of sources including J. N. B. Hewitt’s translation
of the creation story; the oral presentations of Cayuga Elder Jacob Thomas;
oral traditions written down by William Beauchamp and William Fenton; the
Code of Handsome Lake in Lewis Henry Morgan’s League of the Iroquois; and
other sources where oral traditions were recorded. In doing so, Rice chronicles
the Iroquois creation story, the origin of Iroquois clans, the Great Law of Peace,
the European invasion, and the life of Handsome Lake. The Rotinonshonni creates
from oral traditions a history that informs the reader about events that
happened in the past and how those events have shaped and are still shaping
Rotinonshonni society today.
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6 x 9, 320 pages, 10 black-and-white illustrations, notes, bibliography, index