Tribes of the Iroquois Confederacy
Publication Date: August 2003
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The Five (later Six) Nations of the Iroquois Confederacy were central to the story of the white colonization of the American Northeast. The European fur trade transformed their world, and the struggles between English and French colonists forced the tribes to take sides during the Beaver Wars as well as the French and Indian Wars (1689-1763), which included King William's War, Queen Anne's War, King George's War, and finally ended with the French and Indian War of 1754. Sir William Johnson's efforts in the Mohawk Valley ensured that the Iroquois Nations were allies of the British crown; and the loyalty of his kinsman Joseph Brant (Thayendanegea) during the American Revolution forced the Mohawks into Canadian exile. This richly illustrated book introduces Iroquois history, social organization, religion and material culture.
About the AuthorMichael Johnson is Dean of the School of African and Asian Studies at the University of Sussex.
Jonathan Smith was born in London in 1959. He attended St. Martin's School of Art, and obtained a degree in fine art from Goldsmith's College of Art. He has had a lifelong interest in tribal peoples, particularly Native Americans and has travelled extensively in the USA and Canada with peoples of many tribal nations. He currently lives and works in Cheltenham.