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By Anthony Wonderley

ISBN-10: 081563207X

ISBN-13: 9780815632078

The folktales and myths of the Iroquois and their Algonquian pals rank one of the so much imaginatively wealthy and narratively co-herent traditions in North the US. encouraged by means of those wondrous stories, Anthony Wonderley explores their importance to Iroquois and Algonquian religions and worldviews. normally recorded round 1900, those oral narratives guard the voice and anything of the outlook of autochthonous american citizens from a bygone age, whilst storytelling used to be a tremendous aspect of lifestyle.

Grouping the tales round shared issues and motifs, Wonderley analyzes issues starting from cannibal giants to cultural heroes, and from legends of neighborhood areas to myths of human foundation. Approached relatively and traditionally, those tales can increase our figuring out of archaeological continues to be, ethnic obstacles, and previous cultural interchanges between Iroquois and Algonquian peoples.

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In light of Norton’s importance, I quote him far more extensively than any other source. Subsequently, a half dozen other narratives about the Kahkwa War from Seneca and Tuscarora sources are examined. In each instance, I consider what is said and how it differs from what was said earlier. 14 War in the West | 15 2. Western New York. But why the Kahkwa War? The Senecas won many other important victories that could have been celebrated in similar fashion—over the Hurons, for example, or over many other peoples during the seventeenth century.

But why the Kahkwa War? The Senecas won many other important victories that could have been celebrated in similar fashion—over the Hurons, for example, or over many other peoples during the seventeenth century. Closer in time, they could have recounted battle glories from the French and Indian wars and Revolutionary War, or even the War of 1812. They 16 | At the Font of the Marvelous could have eschewed the topic of war altogether in favor of telling any number of stories about other kinds of events.

2] at Thompson 1929, 355–56). “Sky Maidens” was known in the Southeast (Grantham 2002, 189–91; Swanton 1929, 138–39; Williamson 1992) among the Shawnee (Schoolcraft 1999, 9–12), and possibly among the Pawnee (Dorsey 1997a, 44–46). Although the “Sky Maidens” story is not documented among the Iroquois prior to 1900, there is an intriguing linguistic clue to greater age. The best-documented Iroquois word for this star group is hatítkwaɁta:Ɂ in Seneca (Chafe 1963, 43), oot-kwa-tah in Onondaga (Beauchamp 1900, 281), and okě:nyaɁ in Cayuga (Foster 1974, 111)—all probably meaning 3.

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