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Hiawatha and the Iroquois Confederation A Study in Anthropology   By: (1817-1896)

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In "Hiawatha and the Iroquois Confederation: A Study in Anthropology" by Horatio Hale, readers are transported back in time to the early days of Native American civilization. This comprehensive and engaging study provides a fascinating insight into the lives, traditions, and political systems of the Iroquois people.

Hale's meticulous research is evident throughout the book, as he delves deep into the history and culture of the Iroquois Confederation. He presents a wealth of information about their customs, rites, and social organization, allowing readers to develop a profound understanding of their way of life.

One of the most significant aspects of this work is the exploration of the Iroquois political system. Hale uncovers the intricacies of their Confederation and reveals how it functioned as a highly effective governing structure. By analyzing the roles of chiefs, the decision-making process, and the significance of ceremonial rituals, readers gain a newfound appreciation for the complexity and sophistication of Iroquois society.

Additionally, this book provides invaluable insight into the legendary figure of Hiawatha. Hale expertly examines the various representations and myths surrounding Hiawatha, separating fact from fiction. Through his analysis, readers gain a clearer understanding of this historical figure who played a vital role in the formation of the Confederation.

The writing style is engaging and accessible, making it easy for readers to absorb the wealth of information presented. Moreover, Hale's enthusiasm for the subject matter shines through, creating an immersive reading experience that captivates from beginning to end.

While this book primarily serves as an anthropological study, it also offers a deeper understanding of the cultural significance of the Iroquois Confederation. It explores the lasting impact of their political systems and sheds light on the intricate interplay between social, political, and cultural elements.

Overall, "Hiawatha and the Iroquois Confederation: A Study in Anthropology" is an indispensable resource for anyone interested in indigenous cultures, Native American history, or anthropology. Horatio Hale's meticulous research, engaging writing style, and profound insights make this book a must-read for scholars, students, and enthusiasts alike.

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A Study in Anthropology



A Paper Read at the Cincinnati Meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, in August, 1881, under the Title of "A Lawgiver of the Stone Age."

Salem, Mass.: Printed at the Salem Press. 1881.

A LAWGIVER OF THE STONE AGE. By HORATIO HALE, of Clinton, Ontario, Canada.

What was the intellectual capacity of man when he made his first appearance upon the earth? Or, to speak with more scientific precision (as the question relates to material evidences), what were the mental powers of the people who fashioned the earliest stone implements, which are admitted to be the oldest remaining traces of our kind? As these people were low in the arts of life, were they also low in natural capacity? This is certainly one of the most important questions which the science of anthropology has yet to answer. Of late years the prevalent disposition has apparently been to answer it in the affirmative... Continue reading book >>

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