OUT OF PRINT This title is no longer available from the publisher Longhouses by Raymond Bial is part of a recent series about American Communities published by Scholastic (Children's Press). In this book, designed for students in grades 3 to 7, the author provides an introduction to the architecture and cultural traditions of the Six Nations Iroquois (Mohawk, Oneida, Onondaga, Cayuga, Seneca and Tuscarora). Basing his work on the standard anthropological and historical references, Bial describes Iroquois villages, longhouses, clans, and life through the seasons. Each section describes life in pre-contact times. Additional chapters cover cooking, clothing, warfare and trade, handicrafts, beliefs and ceremonies, games and the government. He outlines the formation of the Iroquois Confederacy and how the government functions. The final chapter describes the contact period and changes to the Iroquois and their current reservation communities. Unfortunately the author makes factual errors about the number of Iroquois reserves in Canada. Other minor errors relate to his interpretation of cultural changes brought about by loss of lands, diseases, and European wars fought in North America. Despite this, the book contains full-colour photographs, many taken at reconstructed Iroquois village sites. Contemporary people are featured in these images. In this text, the reader can consult a timeline of Iroquois history, suggested further readings, a glossary, and index. Although the title refers to Longhouses, the book is really a general discussion of Iroquois cultural history.