- Does the traditional story of De-Ka-Nah-Wi-Da (Peacemaker) and Hiawatha remind you of other legends? Which ones? What specific details remind you of other myths and/or origin stories?
- How does the story of the Peacemaker, Hiawatha and the Iroquois compare to our Thanksgiving story as an origin myth?
- What values of the Haudenosaunee people are reflected in the origin story? Be specific.
- Historians have different opinions on how much Ben Franklin and the Founders were influenced by the Iroquois. Based on your reading, what do you think? Which viewpoint is most convincing to you?
- What values of the Haudenosaunee people do you think are reflected in American democracy? Be specific.
Thursday, February 11, 2010
HUM 221: Iroquois confederation (People of the Long House), origins
Read the traditional account of the origin of the Iroquois Confederation also known as the Five (later Six) Nations or the People of the Long House (Haudenosaunee) on the Indigenous People website. Another version of the story is available on the Native American Lore Index Page website. Compare the tradtional stories to the historical accounts available elsewhere on the World Wide Web, and see what information you can find about a relationship between the Iroquois Confederation and the creation of a federal government in America after the Revolutionary War. Post your answers to the following questions: