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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. 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.
Michael Johnson has researched the material culture, demography and linguistic relationships of Native American people for more than 30 years. A collector of data, photographs and artefacts, he has presented many exhibitions, including annual exhibitions at the American Museum in Bath. He is the author of scores of articles and has previously written a number of titles in the Men-at-Arms series. 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.
Introduction - Origins of the Confederacy The five, later six nations History of the Confederacy: early contacts with British and Dutch colonies The 17th century Mohawk and Beaver Wars against the French - Sir William Johnson and the French-Indian War, 1701-1770 - Joseph Brandt and the Revolution, 1770-1800 Social organization and religion Material culture