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Transcript of Iroquois Confederacy
The Iroquois Confederacy The Structure of the Iroquois Confederacy The Role Of Women In The Iroquois Confederacy The Use Of Consensus In The Iroquois Confederacy The Importance Of Wampum Belts To Iroquois Identity How Did The Iroquois Confederacy Establish The Democratic
Ideas Of Fairness And Equity? For the Iroquois, their Confederacy could be compared to a huge longhouse that stretched over the whole territory where they lived. The Six Nations(Mohawk, Cayuga, Oneida, Seneca, Onondaga, and Tuscarora) lived together under its roof as a family. This longhouse sheltered their bond with each other and protected them from their enemies. Women had positions of respect in Iroquois society. Women owned the property and homes. When a woman got married, her husband would come to live in her family`s longhouse. Their children belonged to the mothers clan. The women raised corn, beans, and squash, which were the main food supply of the Iroquois. These crops are known as the "Three Sisters." The Great Law Of Peace sets out a system of decision making that allows everyone a voice and requires the agreement of all. This way of making decisions is called consensus. It was another way that fairness and equality were maintained in Iroquois society. Consensus requires people to be open-minded. They must be willing to think deeply about the issue of others. The decision may not be their first choice, but they must be willing to support it in the best interest of the group. Consensus means that all the people affected by the decision have an equal voice. There is discussion and the final agreement represents a process that everyone agrees to. The Great Law Of Peace is so long that it would take days to recite the whole thing. In order to help them remember the Great Law, the Iroquois used wampum belts. A wampum keeper was responsible for caring for the wampum and reading it. Wampum keepers were chosen by the clan and trained from a young age (younger than we are) to remember the information on the belt and tell it in a dramatic and poetic way.Iroquois women made the wampum belts. Thank You The Iroquois do have equity because they are all treated the same and they use consensus to make decisions. They all got to vote because they use consensus that shows fairness and equity because all the men and women get a chance to vote for the clan mother. The Six Nations had the equal right of fairness and equity. By: Prach Wampum is made out of small cylindrical beads made from polished shells and fashioned into strings or belts. For Listening To My Presentation Voices in Democracy Action and Participation. (2008). 26 Prince Andrew Place: J. Craig Harding and Alan Sears. Bibliography The Tree of Peace is a symbol of peace in the Iroquois culture. The Tree of peace is an important symbols of peace in Iroquois tradition and in the historical record of diplomacy between the Iroquois and Westerners. Weapons would be buried under a tree to seal a peace agreement. A tree might even be uprooted to create a cavity for the weapons. The replanted tree on top would become a tree of peace. Tree Of Peace
and www.nelson.com/alberta social studies/.../grb_9 Thanks
To: Chiefs The Great Law of Peace stated that chiefs duty was to be teachers and spiritual guides and to remind there people that the Creator wants them to live together forever in peace. The Grand Council made up of 50 chiefs who represented the nations of the Confederacy. The clan mother could remove a chief who is not doing his job properly. New chiefs were chosen by the clan mothers.
-Mohawk Nation had nine chiefs
-Oneida Nation had nine chiefs
-Onondaga Nation had fourteen chiefs
-Cayuga Nation had ten chiefs
-Seneca Nation had eight chiefs Legend A long time ago there were three sisters who lived together in a field.
These sisters were quite different from one another in their size and way of dressing. The little sister was so young that she could only crawl at first, and she was dressed in green.
The second sister wore a bright yellow dress, and she had a way of running off by herself when the sun shone and the soft wind blew in her face.
The third was the eldest sister, standing always very straight and tall above the other sisters and trying to protect them. She wore a pale green shawl, and she had long, yellow hair that tossed about her head in the breeze.
There was one way the sisters were all alike, though. They loved each other dearly, and they always stayed together. This made them very strong.
One day a stranger came to the field of the Three Sisters - a Mohawk boy. He talked to the birds and other animals - this caught the attention of the three sisters.
Late that summer, the youngest and smallest sister disappeared. Her sisters were sad.
Again the Mohawk boy came to the field to gather reeds at the water's edge. The two sisters who were left watched his moccasin trail, and that night the second sister - the one in the yellow dress - disappeared as well.
Now the Elder Sister was the only one left.
She continued to stand tall in her field. When the Mohawk boy saw that she missed her sisters, he brought them all back together and they became stronger together, again. Bead colors and what are their represented - health, peace or purity -disease, distress, pain, or anger, particularly when used as a background colors in belt patterns Lasts but not least (only 3 mor slids) Fair well