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The Iroquois Paperback – April 11, 1996

ISBN-13: 978-1557869388 ISBN-10: 1557869383

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  • Paperback: 290 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell (April 11, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1557869383
  • ISBN-13: 978-1557869388
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #608,661 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The Iroquois nation, made up of five tribes-Onandagas, Senecas, Mohawks, Oneidas, and Cayugas-had a rich culture and history before and after the European invasion. Snow (SUNY, Albany) takes us from their origins in the first century through their survival to the present.
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"In this informative and highly readable study, Snow has produced an impressive synthesis of Iroquois history from its antecedents in Northeastern Archaic cultures to the present. The text blends archaeological, historical and oral traditions into a tapestry of the significant role the Iroquois have played, and continue to play, in American society." R. L. Haan, Choice

"There is no better introduction to the history and culture of the people. The book confirms Snow's reputation as one of North America's leading historical anthropologists." Bruce G. Trigger, Professor of Anthropology, McGill University

"Here finally is an accurate, readable, general book on the complex prehistory, history, and culture of the Iroquois. Such a work could only be produced by an author deeply involved in recent research on these topics. For years to come it will surely be the source of first resort on these important peoples of Eastern North America." William C. Sturtevant, Curator of North American Ethnology, and General Editor, Handbook of North American Indians, Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution

"While he contributes fresh and significant analysis of their early, precolonial history and of Iroquois material culture - insights based on his important archaeological investigations - Snow falls well short of providing the "vivid and moving history" that his book jacket advertises. Although designed for a general audience, the book reads too often like a dull, technical research report... Dean Snow's The Iroquois ... succeeds in providing brief and insightful analysis of changing Iroquois culture and experience." The Journal of American History

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38 of 41 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 18, 2000
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This book is a great introduction to the history and ethnography of the Iroquois. It starts with a summary of the archaeology of the various Iroquois speaking groups in the north east U.S. and southern Canada (not all Iroquois speakers were Iroquois Indians!)and moves forward in time. Its main focus is on the 5 groups who eventually formed the League of the 5 Nations. The origins of the league are explored as well as the precontact culture of the people.
The history of the Iroquois is well covered in summary form from their first contacts with the French and the Dutch through to recent confrontations on reserves and reservations in Quebec and New York.
A fine book as an introduction to the Iroquois people which has served to whet my appetite for more info. Fortunately Snow has included a suggested list for further reading!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By John N. Wheatley on June 9, 2013
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The author put together information that was informative and gets the reader into that time period allowing for a overall picture of what the Iropuois was all about.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Alan Conrad on August 25, 2013
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One night I was driving down highway 20 through the Niagara peninsula's escarpment country, searching for something to listen to on the radio, when I found an unrecognized FM station playing different music. It seemed like an unusual mix of folk, rock and instrumental music, but with a bit slower pace and, maybe, underneath it all a note of sadness. I continued to wonder what I was listening to until a man's voice came on - "Hello Six Nations, this is CKRZ, your station, 100.3, all Indian radio."

The Six Nations reservation is on the Grand River in southern Ontario. I had fished as a boy and teenager across the river from the reservation, not knowing that the entire river had once belonged to the Iroquois, the reason for their road blockade in 2006 because of a housing development on land they claim.

I got a copy of Dean R. Snow's 'Iroquois' to learn more about these interesting people. The Six Nations are basically Iroquois who fought on the side of the British during the American Revolution, then were invited by the British to move across the border. Believing themselves no longer welcome in the new republic, they accepted and were given the Grand River's lands. Other Iroquois remained in New York state.

Like the Zulus in Southern Africa, the Iroquois dominated eastern North America until they were checked by confrontation with European civilization. But unlike the Zulus, they had been well equipped with guns and had two hundred years of experience fighting the French. It was disease that felled them, reducing their population to about 20% and removing most of their leaders.
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