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Iroquois Nation
Information on the Iroquois in the US and Canada

According to the best evidence that can be obtained, the formation of the Iroquois confederacy dates from about the middle of the fifteenth century. There is reason to believe that prior to that time the five tribes, who are dignified with the title of nations, had held the region south of Lake Ontario, extending from the Hudson to the Genesee river, for many generations, and probably for many centuries. Tradition makes their earlier seat to have been north of the St. Lawrence river, which is probable enough. It also represents the Mohawks as the original tribe, of which the others are offshoots; and this tradition is confirmed by the evidence of language. That the Iroquois tribes were originally one people, and that their separation into five communities, speaking distinct dialects, dates many centuries back, are both conclusions as certain as any facts in physical science. Three hundred and fifty years ago they were isolated tribes, at war occasionally with one another, and almost constantly with the fierce Algonquins who surrounded them. Not unfrequently, also, they had to withstand and to avenge the incursions of warriors belonging to more distant tribes of various stocks, Hurons, Cherokees and Dakotas. Yet they were not peculiarly a warlike people. They were a race of housebuilders, farmers, and fishermen. They had large and strongly palisaded towns, well-cultivated fields, and substantial houses, sometimes a hundred feet long, in which many kindred families dwelt together.

We have found a number of books in pdf format and we make these available below for you to read and learn from...

Books in PDF Format

Economics of the Iroquois
By Sara Henry Stites
Era of the Formation of the Historic League of the Iroquois
By J. N. B. Hewitt
History of Sullivan's Campaign against the Iroquois
By A. Tiffany Norton
League of the HO-DE- NO-SAU- NEE or Iroquois
By Lewis H. Morgan
The Iroquois Trail or Footprints of the Six Nations
In Customs, Traditions and History by W. M. Beauchamp
The Iroquois or the Bright Side of Indian Character
By Minnie Myrtle
By Samuel P. Moulthrop
The Iroquois Confederacy
Its Political System, Military System, Marriages, Divorces, Property Rights, etc. by Rufus Blanchard
Iroquois Folk-Lore
By Rev. Wm. M. Beauchamp
Iroquois Past and Present
By Edward Half Brush
Iroquois Uses of Maize and Other Food Plants
By Authur C. Parker
League of Iroquois
By B. Hathaway
The Legends of the Iroquois
"Told by Cornplanter" by William W. Canfield
Legends, Traditions and Laws of the Iroquois or Six Nations and History of the Tuscarora Indians
By Elias Johnson, A Native Tuscarora Chief
The Life of General Ely S. Parker
Last Grand Sachem of the Iroquois and General Grant's Military Secretary by Arthur C. Parker
Myths of the Iroquois
By Erminnie A. Smith
Notes on the Iroquois
Or contributions to American History, Antiquities, and General Ethnology by Henry R. Schoolcraft
Our Life Among the Iroquois Indians
By Mrs Harriet S. Caswell
On the Paganism of the Civilised Iroquois of Ontario
By David Boyle
Symposium on Cherokee and Iroquois Culture
Edited by William N. Fenton and John Gulick
Huron and Wyandot Mythology
By C. M. Barbeau
David Cusick's Sketches of Ancient History of the Six Nations

The Trail of the Iroquois
By M. Bourchier Sanford (pdf)

Books in Text Format

Hochelagans and Mohawks
By W. D. Lighthall, from the Transactions of the Royal Society of Canada
Legends, Traditions, and Laws of the Iroquois, or Six Nations, and History of the Tuscarora Indians
By Elias Johnson
The Iroquois Book of Rites
By Horatio Hale
Stories the Iroquois Tell Their Children
By Mabel Powers

Videos about the Iroquois

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