Iroquois on Fire: A Voice from the Mohawk Nation

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November 2008



In their homelands in what is now New York state, the Iroquois have assumed a prominent role in public debate as residents of the region seek ways to resolve multibillion-dollar land claims. This work presents a study of the historical and social issues raised during the Iroquois' long struggle over disputed territorial titles.


Douglas M. George-Kanentiio was born and raised in Akwesasne Mohawk Territory. An award-winning writer and journalist, he has served the Mohawk Nation in numerous capacities, including as a land-claims negotiator, a cofounder of Radio CKON, and the editor of the news journal "Akwesasne Notes." He is the author of the books "Iroquois Culture" "and Commentary" and the coauthor of "Skywoman: Legends of the Iroquois."Vine Deloria Jr. (1933-2005) is the author of more than twenty books, including "Custer Died for Your Sins," "God Is Red," and "We Talk, You Listen: New Tribes, New Turf," available in a Bison Books edition.


"George-Kanentiio, a Mohawk journalist, tells from firsthand experience what forces have conspired to pull the Iroquois apart as a culture, a confederacy, and within each component nation. Christianity and the hegemonic policies of the US and Canada are to blame, but also the greed of Iroquois individuals. Rather than heeding the Code of Handsome Lake, developed in the 1800s, or the modern wisdom of Ray Fadden, some Iroquois in the 1980s sought personal wealth and local autonomy through gambling operations. . . . In 1990, when Mohawks, including the author and his relatives at Akwesasne, tried to stop casinos in their territory, self-proclaimed warriors met them with violence, to which they responded in kind. Two men died. The author was accused and acquitted in one count of second-degree murder. The book''s warning is heartfelt and compelling. Highly recommended."-Choice
EAN: 9780803217768
ISBN: 0803217765
Untertitel: Sprache: Englisch.
Erscheinungsdatum: November 2008
Seitenanzahl: 153 Seiten
Format: kartoniert
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