The Rotinonshonni

Syracuse University PressSKU: 9780815610212

Rice, Brian
Grade Levels:
College, University
Cayuga, Iroquois, Mohawk, Onondaga, Seneca, Tuscarora, Woodland
Book Type:
Syracuse University Press

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The Rotinonshonni: A Traditional Iroquoian History Through the Eyes of Teharonhia:wako and Sawiskera by Mohawk scholar Brian Rice offers a comprehensive history based on the oral traditions of the Rotinonshonni Longhouse People, also known as the Haudenosaunee or Iroquois. Drawing upon J. N. B. Hewitt’s translation and the oral presentations of Cayuga Elder Jacob Thomas, Rice records the Iroquois creation story, the origin of Iroquois clans, the Great Law of Peace, the European invasion, and the life of Handsome Lake. As a participant in a 700-mile walk following the story of the Peacemaker who confederated the original five warring nations (Mohawk, Oneida, Onondaga, Cayuga, and Seneca) 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. Based on the traditional teachings and texts by Jacob Thomas, Jake Swamp, Tom Porter, and John Arthur Gibson, the author has combined the variants of Creation Story, the Clan System, the Kayeneren:kowa  or Great Law of Peace, and the Kari:wio  or Code of Handsome Lake into this 328-page rendition of Haudenosaunee history and spirituality. These great epochs of Iroquoian history are written with the feeling of this oral narrative re-envisioned in English. Using simple dialogue the author achieves a truly oral account of these key principles of Haudenosaunee core teachings. An index would have been helpful as well as a map tracing the author's Peacemaker Walk but these are minor points. Recommended.

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