ERIC Number: ED032986
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1962
Reference Count: 0
Iroquois society was characterized by several features. Among these were the position of social responsibility occupied by women in their matrilineal and matrilocal society. The basic social unit was the large matrilineal family and individual loyalty extended from this to clan, to tribe, and finally to the Iroquois League. This intertribal political organization was the major accomplishment of the Iroquois. The League, in turn, made the Iroquois a decisive force in the fur trade and in the conflicts incident to the European colonization of Northeastern North America. Religion was intimately involved in all areas of Iroquois life. Dreaming was an accepted method of communication with the spirit world. These aspects of the Iroquois culture are presented in an attempt to make the Iroquois and their society more comprehensible to teachers and to all interested adults. (Author/CM)
Descriptors: American History, American Indian Culture, American Indians, Cultural Background, Cultural Influences, Cultural Traits, History, North American History, Socioeconomic Background
New York State Museum and Science Service, Education Building, Albany, N. Y. 12224 ($0.25).
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: New York State Education Dept., Albany.
Identifiers: Iroquois (Tribe); United States (Northeast)