A Traditional Iroquoian History Through the Eyes of Teharonhia:wako and Sawiskera
Publication Year: 2013
Published by: Syracuse University Press
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Front Flap, Title Page, Other Works in the Series, Copyright
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Most history written about the Rotinonshonni, by either Indigenous or non–Indigenous persons, is written as a chronology of events of what are perceived to be facts related to the past. They are based on the assumption that history can be written without taking into account the worldview of the people who are being written about. The Rotinonshonni: A Traditional ...
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Many depths of gratitude are owing to persons. I would fi rst like to express my gratitude to Oneida Traditionalist and Academic, Pamela Apela Colorado, my doctoral program supervisor, for holding the door open and pointing the way, so that this work could get done. As well, to Cayuga royaner Jake Hadajigerenhtah Thomas for showing me what was ...
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The Rotinonshonni: A Traditional Iroquoian History through the Eyes of Teha-ronhia:wako and Sawiskera is based on the oral interpretation of history about the Rotinonshonni, People of the Longhouse, also known as the Iro-quois. The events of the story take place in what are now known as the Mississippi River Valley, upper New York State, Southern Quebec, and ...
1The Creation Story
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A long time before the world on the back of a turtle came into existence there was another world that preceded it, existing in the fi rmament in the sky situated on a celestial plane above the Earth. It was inhabited by a group of beings whose numbers were few and who were becoming des-titute of the light-giving energies called orenta.1 To exist in safety, these ...
2The Clan System and the Migration of theRotinonshonni to Their Traditional Territory
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No sooner had the onkwe:honwe fi nished the ceremony of thanksgiving for the three sisters when one of them suddenly passed from the earth. The rest of the onkwe:honwe dug a hole in the ground outside the village and placed the body in the earth, just as the young man and woman who Soon others, both young and old, began to also pass from the earth. ...
3The Kayeneren:kowa (Great Way of Peace)
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During the disputes with the Mound Builders, the onkwe:honwe had become experienced in warfare. This way of life went against every-thing that Teharonhia:wako had taught them about living in peace. Sawiskera seemed once again to be regaining control of the minds of the onkwe:honwe. At that time, the onkwe:honwe lived in small villages. Soon ...
4Sawiskera Gains Control
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After the Great Peace, the onkwe:honwe felt safe to travel anywhere without having to worry about being killed. Some of the onkwe:honwe including Wendat, Kenienké:haka and Onontaka:haka had moved to the north, to a great river that led into the sea. There they resided for many years, living in peace. They built villages all along the river where they hunted, fi shed, ...
5The Kari:wio of Skanyiatar:io
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Teharonhia:wako had seen his children war against one another and lose their land. He felt sad inside but knew that he could not return any longer. If he appeared in full form, then so would his brother. They would then fi ght one another and destroy the world. The onkwe:honwe were falling like leaves to the mind changer. They seemed to have no purpose in life. ...
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Page Count: 314
Illustrations: 14 black and white illustrations
Publication Year: 2013
Series Title: The Iroquois and Their Neighbors
Series Editor Byline: Chris Vecsey