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Legends, Traditions, and Laws of the Iroquois, or Six Nations, and History of the Tuscarora Indians   By:

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Legends, Traditions, and Laws of the Iroquois, or Six Nations, and History of the Tuscarora Indians by Elias Johnson is an insightful exploration of the rich heritage and cultural practices of the Iroquois Confederacy.

Johnson, a knowledgeable historian with a deep appreciation for indigenous cultures, delves into the oral traditions, legends, and customs that have shaped the Iroquois people over centuries. This comprehensive collection serves as a valuable resource for anyone seeking to understand the Iroquois Confederacy's deep-rooted beliefs and way of life.

One of the book's strongest aspects is its meticulous attention to detail. Johnson takes great care in presenting the legends and traditions with accuracy and clarity, ensuring that readers can fully immerse themselves in the captivating folklore of the Iroquois. From origin stories to tales of heroism, each narrative paints a vivid picture of the Iroquois' spiritual connections to nature and their understanding of the world.

Additionally, Johnson provides valuable insights into the Iroquois legal and political systems. He outlines the structure and functioning of the Six Nations Confederacy, highlighting the democratic principles and peaceful resolutions that guided their governance. By doing so, he dispels common misconceptions and stereotypes associated with Native American societies and showcases their advanced systems of organization and decision-making.

The inclusion of the history of the Tuscarora tribe, an integral part of the Iroquois Confederacy, further enriches this book. Johnson offers a comprehensive account of the Tuscarora's migratory journey and their eventual assimilation into the Confederacy. This historical context provides a holistic understanding of the Iroquois peoples, enhancing the readers' appreciation of their rich tapestry of culture and heritage.

While Legends, Traditions, and Laws of the Iroquois serves as an exceptional resource, it does have a few limitations. The language used by Johnson, though undoubtedly reflective of the time it was written, comes across as antiquated and can be challenging to follow at times. However, this minor drawback does not detract significantly from the overall value and importance of the content.

In conclusion, Elias Johnson's Legends, Traditions, and Laws of the Iroquois, or Six Nations, and History of the Tuscarora Indians is an indispensable anthology for anyone interested in Native American history and culture. Johnson's meticulous research, combined with his genuine admiration for the Iroquois people, results in a compelling exploration of legendary tales, customs, and the political organization of these fascinating nations. This book serves as a testament to the enduring legacy and profound contributions of the Iroquois Confederacy to the world.

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"A book about Indians!" who cares anything about them?

This will probably be the exclamation of many who glance on my little page. To those who know nothing concerning them, a whole book about Indians will seem a very prosy affair, to whom I can answer nothing, for they will not proceed as far as my Preface to see what reasons I can render for the seeming folly.

But to those who are willing to listen, I can say that the Indians are a very interesting people, whether I have made an interesting book about them or not.

The Antiquarian, the Historian, and the Scholar, have been a long time studying Indian character, and have given plenty of information concerning the Indian, but it is all in ponderous volumes for State and College libraries, and quite inaccessible to the multitude those who only take up such book as may be held in the hand, sitting by the fire, still remain very ignorant of the Children of Nature who inhabited the forests before the Saxon set his foot upon our shores... Continue reading book >>

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