Seneca Splint Basketry
by M. Lismer
39 pages, including 15 photos, 11 illustrations, 2 maps. Originally published by the United States Office of Indian Affairs, 1941.
History of the Iroquois
Decorations of Baskets
Form and Function
Influence of White Trade
Relation of Seneca Basketry to that of other Groups
Preparing the Splints
Types of Weaves
Diffusion of Splint Basketry
Making the Baskets
The major study of Iroquois Basketry to date.
The Roll Call of the Iroquois Chiefs
by W.N. Fenton
73 pages, 14 photo plates, fold-out blue print of the Cane.
Originally published by the
Smithsonian Institution, 1950.
The Cane of Andrew Spragg
Evidence of Age
Function: A Reminder to the Eulogy Singer
The only study of the Condolence Cane and its Ceremonial Use. Much of importance to a knowledge of the system of traditional hereditary Chiefs.
148gr/ 5 oz
Myths of the Iroquois
by E.A. Smith
84 pages, 14
original drawings by Mohawk artist John Kahionhes Fadden commissioned for
this reprint. Four new plates with commentary by the series editor.
Originally published by the Smithsonian Institute, 1883.
Gods and Other
Mythologic Explanation of Phenomena
Practice of Sorcery
Many of the 56 stories are to be found in no other published collections.
134 gr/4-1/2 oz
72 pages, 53
photos, 1 drawing by John Kahionhes Fadden Mohawk. Originally published by
the Six Nations Indian Museum, N.Y., 1972
Discussions of Wampum Belts and History of Wampum.
Ceremonial Procedure and Content Detailed
Photos and Discussion of Specific Surviving Wampum Stings and Belts:
Hiawatha Belt; Two-Row Wampum; Six Nations Peace Belt; Wing Fan of the Confederate Nations; Hospitality Belt; Invitation Strings; Condolence Strings: Delaware Land Belt: Great Britain and Six Nations Friendship Belt; Wolf Belt; George Washington Belt; Sir. Wm. Johnson Dish Belt; Huron Alliance Belt; Handsome Lake Confessional Wampum; and much more.
The major work in print on Wampum from an Iroquois perspective.
Iroquois Uses of Maize and Other food Plants
by A.C. Parker
120 pages., 32 photos, many illustrations. "Perfect-bound". Originally published by the New York State Museum, 1910.
Maize (Indian Corn) in History
Other Food Plants
Early Records of Corn Cultivation
Squashes and Other Vine Vegetables
Customs of Corn Cultivation
Ceremonial and Legendary Allusions of Corn
Leaf and Stalk Foods
Fungi and Lichens
Varieties of Corn Used
Fruit and Berry like foods
Corn Cultivation and Terminology
Utensils for the Preparation of Corn for Food
Soup and Bark
Cooking and Eating Customs
Foods Prepared from Corn
List of Authorities Quoted
Uses of the Corn Plant
Masked Medicine Societies of the Iroquois
by W.N. Fenton
37 pages., plus 25 pages of original photos. Four new photos with commentary by the series editor. Originally published by the Smithsonian Institution, 1941.
Introduction: Longhouse Groups (Canada, US);
Ethnological Importance of Collections: Needs Purposes, Problems, Method of Study
Mask Types: Wooden False Faces; Native Classification; Classification of Specimen; Corn Husk Faces; Miniature Masks
Historical Perspective, Archeology,; Narratives of Early Travelers
The Society of Husk Faces, Origin Legend; The False Face Company,, Origin Legend; The Classes of Medicine Masks; Three Societies Which Employ Masks; The False Face Sickness; The Mask and Rattle; Ritual Equipment; Tobacco Invocation and Blowing Ashes Rite
Also included: Appendix 5(part). Report of the Bureau of American Ethnology.
The most authoritative concise examination of Iroquois Masking to date.
Legends of the Longhouse
by J.J. Cornplanter
200 pages, numerous illustrations by author. 'Perfect-bound'. Originally published in 1938.
The author, a descendent of the renowned 18th Century Iroquois League-War Chief Gayentwahga, was a noted Seneca ritualist, craftsman, and artist from the Tonawanda Reservation. The book comprises a collection of letters written over a seven month period by Cornplanter to a white woman who became so fascinated by this flow of Iroquois legend, Creation Myth and other folklore that she convinced her friend to allow publication and to illustrate it-he was no stranger to the drawing board, having illustrated a number of Iroquois studies for the N.Y. State Museum early in the Century. The resulting publication has been such a favourite of readers - Iroquois and others - since it first appeared in 1938, that it has gone through many hardback printings. This is the first paperback edition. Here then, is a book by an Iroquois about Iroquois folkways, which over many years, has earned a place on the shelf of those who have sought to learn from a man knowledgeable in his own culture.
The Iroquois Book of Rites and Hale on the Iroquois
367 pages., including 22 pages of photos, map and eight figures. 'Perfect-bound'.
Here, collected for the first time, are the Iroquois writings of this esteemed 19th Century pioneer ethnographer and linguist. His magnum opus, The Iroquois Book of Rites(222 pages), has been unavailable to the general reader for many years. Hale's translation and editing of two native manuscripts from Ohsweken on the ancient rites of the Condolence Council (mourning a departed Chief and installing a successor) was a landmark in the then newly tilled field of Iroquois ritualists, a garden still yielding a harvest. The balance of the volume, offered chronologically for the years 1881-1896, comprises in Iroquoian linguists; an obituary for friend Chief George Johnson - father of writer and performer E. Pauline Johnson; one of the few observer accounts of the White Dog Society; a witnessing of the actual Condoling Ceremony (after the publication of the Book of Rites). Here, in one offering, are the frequently-cited works of Hale which have been so difficult for students of Iroquois culture to consult. An introductory biography of Hale by W. N. Fenton presents the man behind the scholarship which follows.
Biography of Horatio E. Hale
Hiawatha (A Law Giver of the Stone Age)
Indian Migrations as Evidenced by Language
The Iroquois Book of Rites T
The Iroquois Institutions and Language
Chief George H.M. Johnson
The Iroquois Sacrifice of the White Dog
The Fall of Hochelaga
An Iroquois Condoling Council:
A Study of Aboriginal American
Society and Government
Illustrated with many never before published photos;
commentary by the series editor."
"...something to offer historians, anthropologists, and linguist...Iroqrafts is to be commended for reprinting this selection of Hale's work.
Michael J. Mullin, Augustana College in: AMERICAN INDIAN CULTURE AND RESEARCH JOURNAL
Midwinter Rites of the Cayuga Long House
by F.G. Speck
192 pages, viii, 16 pages of plates; 10 figures.' Perfect-bound'. Originally published by the University of Pennsylvania Press, 1949.
Religious Framework of Cayuga Culture:
-The Sour Springs Longhouse
-Functioning of Cayuga Moieties and Sex Divisions
-Controlling Spirit Forces
-Annual Ceremonial Cycle
-Ceremonial Officials, Food, etc.
Family Condolence Rite
Final thoughts and Comments
The Midwinter Ceremony:
-Timing and Preparation
-The Medicine Societies
-Restricted Medicine Societies and Their Rites
-Unrestricted Societies: Curing Rites and Dances
-The Four Sacred Ceremonial Rites
-Worship Rites Addressed to Food Spirits
One of the indispensable foundation works in Iroquois studies.
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