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http://www.gerrybiron.com/ Here is another group of nineteenth century images of Mohawks who may have been involved in the Wild West shows. The beadwork on their clothing is distinctly different from that on my earlier post on this topic. That first group was likely from Akwesasne. Some of the images in this group are identified as coming from Caughnawaga (Kahnawake) and I suspect the beading style here is particular to the Mohawks from that Reserve. All the images below are late nineteenth…

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In this blog posting we will examine some of the variations in historic 18th and 19th century Iroquois regalia through old paintings, photographs and examples of early material culture. Since first contact with Europeans, artists have depicted the Haudenosaunee wearing diverse attire; the images below are by no means a complete visual record of those that exist but should suffice in this brief review. The dictionary defines “traditional” as “existing in or as part of a tradition; long…

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Much has been said about the inspiration of the ancient Iroquois “Great League of Peace” in planting the seeds that led to the formation of the United States of America and its representative democracy.

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I came across this recently and thought some of you might find it of interest. To the best of my knowledge, it's the first published report of the death of Handsome Lake, a great leader and prophet, who played a major role in reviving traditional religion among the Haudenosaunee (People of the Longhouse), or Six Nations Iroquois Confederacy. He preached a message that combined traditional Haudenosaunee religious beliefs with a revised code meant to revive traditional consciousness to the…

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