Iroquoia
Iroquoia
 
Iroquoia



Volume 1 - Number 1
Autumn 2015

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Welcome to the Wood’s Edge

One Bowl, One Spoon
"We shall now do this: We shall only have one dish (or bowl) in which will be placed one beaver tail (spoon) and we shall all have coequal right to it, and there shall be no knife in it, there would be danger that it might cut someone and blood would thereby be shed."

Since 1945, The Conference on Iroquois Research, as it is more formally known by its founders and supporters, has provided a unique collaborative forum for anthropologists, archaeologists, sociologists, artists, ethnohistorians, historians, linguists, and Native scholars and Elders whose research focuses on the Haudenosaunee. This academic retreat fosters a holistic approach where native and non-native researchers from all disciplines share the same podium with only one session in progress. Although the venues have changed over the last half century, from its informal encounters at the Allegany State Park administrative building in Red House, the focus, the spirit and the integrity of the conference continues to burn brightly. Come join us at the Wood’s Edge.


Seven Generations - Moving Forward

Great Law of the Iroquois
“In every deliberation, we must consider the impact on the seventh generation... even if it requires having skin as thick as the bark of a pine.”

Since 2009, the conference has been "on the road", to use the vernacular, to allow different Haudenosaunee communities to host the event and to encourage local scholars from those communities to participate. Past programs are now accessible online and the launch of the much anticipated peer-reviewed journal, Iroquoia, will help strengthen the organization's commitment to formally document some of the scholarly discussions fostered by the conference. Lastly, in order to assist young scholars, new scholarships have been launched as a attribute to Mary Druke Becker (1951-2006) - organizer of the conference for many years, North American Indian Traveling College founder, Ernest Benedict (1918-2011), and his daughter, educator and cultural historian Salli Benedict (1954-2011).


The Haudenosaunee or the Iroquois

The People of the Long House
Haudenosaunee, an autonym of the Iroquois, means "people of the long house." Many have suggested that the name, Iroquois, was a “given name” by neighbouring Algonkian-speaking people, which was later adopted by Europeans.

English word

Iroquoian words

Interpretations

Mohawk

Kanien'kehá:ka

people of the flint

Oneida

Onayotekaono

people of the standing stone

Onondaga

Onöñda'gega'

people of the hills

Cayuga

Guyohkohnyoh

people of the great swamp

people of the place where the boats were taken out

the place where the locusts were taken out

Seneca

Onöndowága

people of the great hill

Tuscarora

Ska:rù:rę'

hemp gatherers (Indian hemp or milkweed)

long shirt people

The Haudenosaunee or the Iroquois Confederacy originally consisted of 5 nations. From east to west, this alliance between the Mohawk, Oneida, Onondaga, Cayuga and Seneca, would later expand to include the Tuscarora in 1722. It must be noted that the Haudenosaunee have also absorbed and adopted many other peoples into their cultures. Today, while most Haudenosaunee live in 18 communities, located predominately in eastern North America, (U.S. N=10, Canada N=7, Canada and U.S. N=1), some have taken residence in more urban settings.

Country

State or Province

Community

Culture

 

 

 

 

United States

 

New York

 

Cayuga Nation

 

Cayuga

 

 

Ganienkeh

Mohawk

NOTE: not federally recognized

 

 

Kanatsiohareke 

 

Mohawk

 

 

Onondaga Nation

 

Onondaga

 

 

Oneida Indian Nation

 

Oneida

 

 

Seneca Nation of New York

 

Seneca

 

 

Tonawanda Band of Seneca

 

Seneca

 

 

Tuscarora Nation of New York

 

Tuscarora

 

Oklahoma

 

Seneca-Cayuga Tribe of Oklahoma

 

Seneca and Cayuga

 

Wisconsin

 

Oneida Tribe of Indians

 

Oneida

Canada

 

Quebec

 

Kahnawake

 

Mohawk

 

 

Kanesatake

 

Mohawk

 

 

Doncaster

Kanesatake and Kahnawake hunting grounds

 

Ontario

 

Thames Oneida

 

Oneida

 

 

Six Nations of the Grand River 

 

All nations including Delawares

 

 

Tyendinaga

 

Mohawk

 

 

Wahta

 

Mohawk

Canada & U.S.

Quebec, Ontario and New York

Akwesasne

St. Regis Mohawk Tribe (U.S.)

Mohawk



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