In Legends of the Iroquois, Tehanetorens (Ray Fadden, Mohwak) presents ancient stories both in pictographs and accompanied by English translations. Pictographs were the original writing system used by many Native American and First Nations peoples and could be symbols of physical objects or concepts. A brief summary of the Great Peace upon which Iroquois culture is founded, along with a key to Six Nations pictographs, the symbols of the Six Nations and that of their clans prelude the stories. Fourteen tales explore the Iroquois culture and teach lessons of loyalty, bravery, and kindness. Also included is a full biography of Tehanetorens and his contributions to the Haudenosaunee.
About the Author:
Tehanetorens (Ray Fadden) was a master storyteller in the Mohawk tradition. During his lifelong career as a teacher, he established youth groups at Akwesasne to promote Native values and served as president of the Indian Defense League of America. In 1954 he founded the Six Nations Indian Museum near Onchiota, New York, to serve as a cultural center for tribal people in the Six Nations region. He passed away in November 2008 at age 98.