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Native American Studies

Resources for Native American studies

About the Haudenosaunee Confederacy

Also known through history as the Iroquois League or the League of Five Nations (and later Six Nations), the Haudenosaunee is a confederation of six Nations whose traditional lands include much of modern day New York State. As stated on their website, "Often described as the oldest, participatory democracy on Earth, the Haudenosaunee Confederacy’s constitution is believed to be a model for the American Constitution." The Haudenosaunee Confederacy includes the Mohawk, the Oneida, the Onondaga, the Cayuga, the Seneca, and the Tuscarora.

Colgate University as well as the township of Hamilton, NY are built upon traditional Oneida lands. These lands were seized as part of the Treaty of Fort Schuyler in 1788, under the guise of protecting the lands from speculators (McLester & Hauptman, 42). The Oneida were among America's first allies in the Revolutionary War, the only Nation of the Confederacy to do so.

Note: Iroquois is a derogatory term.

To find books in the Colgate Libraries, you may need to use these subject headings/keywords.

McLester III, L. Gordon and Laurence Hauptman, eds. The Oneida Journey from New York to Wisconsin 1784-1860. Wisconsin: University of Wisconsin Press, 1999.

Confederacy webpages

Pronunciation is approximate. Seek out Native speakers of the individual Nation's languages in order to better learn how to pronounce their names. Some suggested resources: Mohawk (YouTube video), Oneida (YouTube video), Onondaga (audio file), Cayuga (YouTube video), Seneca (YouTube video), Tuscarora (YouTube video).

Land Acknowledgement Resources

A short 2 minute sketch from the CBC show Baroness Von Sketch show, starring Carolyn Taylor & Aurora Browne. This sketch shows the importance of moving from just acknowledging land to actively supporting Native peoples.

Resources about the Oneida by Oneida Authors

Resources by and about the Haudenosaunee


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