This is a comprehensive account of the five tribes - Onandagas, Senecas, Mohawks, Oneidas and Cayugas - who together made up the Iriquois nation, form their origins in prehistory to their dispersal and confinement after the American Revolution. This accessible account by the leading schlolar in the filed draws on the widest possible range of archaeological evidence to provide a narrative interpretation of a people whose beliefs and culture have remained to Americans matters of mystery.
From the Back Cover This book tells the story of the Iroquois from their beginnings many hundreds of years ago, through the tribulations of European contact and near-extinction in the nineteenth century, to their vibrant survival in the contemporary United States and Canada. It is illustrated with maps and photographs, draws on a wide range of source material - much of it provided by the Iroquois themselves - and provides full guides to further reading and to the specialist literature. Vivid, moving and told with consummate narrative skill, this is the book serious readers should start with.