ERIC Number: ED308994
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1988
Reference Count: N/A
Indian Roots of American Democracy. Cultural Encounter I. Special Constitution Bicentennial Edition, 1988.
Barreiro, Jose, Ed.
Northeast Indian Quarterly, v4 n4 Win 1987 v5 n1 Spr 1988
A memory told and retold among Haudenosaunee traditional (Iroquois or Six Nations people, including the Mohawk, Oneida, Onondaga, Cayuga, Seneca, and Tuscarora) holds that in the formative days of the American republic, statesmen from the still powerful Indian Confederacy informed prominent colonists and some founding fathers on Indian concepts of democracy. The claim is based on the undisputed existence of a comprehensive aboriginal constitution, the Great Law of Peace, which is the guiding framework from the Haudenosaunee. Cornell University's American Indian Program sought to explore the historical reality of that Indian oral memory. The resulting conference of scholars, researchers, and culture bearing people from Iroquois communities focused on the legacy and influence of the Iroquois Great Law of Peace and other Indian constructs on the U.S. Constitution and the general American philosophy of governance. A secondary focus involved the validity of oral tradition, its accuracy and dependability, and how it compares to the written tradition of the West. This volume contains edited materials from the Cornell conference, as well as related testimony from a hearing before the Senate Select Committee on Indian Affairs. It includes presentations by 15 chiefs, elders, tribal orators, and scholars, as well as background materials on the Peace Queen and origins of matriarchal influence in the Confederacy. Appendices contain a glossary and the text of Senate Concurrent Resolution 76 to acknowledge the contribution of the Iroquois Confederacy of Nations to the U.S. Constitution and to reaffirm the government-to-government relationship between Indian tribes and the United States. (SV)
Descriptors: American Indian History, American Indian Studies, American Indians, Colonial History (United States), Conferences, Constitutional History, Democracy, Federal Indian Relationship, Governance, Hearings, Oral History, Revolutionary War (United States)
American Indian Program, Northeast Indian Quarterly, 400 Caldwell Hall, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY 14853 ($10.00 plus $2.00 shipping, over 10, 40% discount).
Publication Type: Collected Works - Proceedings; Historical Materials; Collected Works - Serials
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Cornell Univ., Ithaca, NY.
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: United States Constitution