The book Roots of the Iroquois traces the origins of the Haudenosaunee people including the story of the Great Peace that united the powerful Mohawk, Oneida, Onondaga, Cayuga and Seneca nations under the Iroquois Confederacy. Through this confederacy, the principles of democracy were engraved in the hearts of Iroquois men and women long before the first white settlers arrived in America. Tehanetorens recounts speeches from their great chiefs, and documents the Confederacy’s relationship with white settlers, including the impact of Christianity and that of the American Revolutionary and French and English wars.
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.