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Neil Patrick O'Donnell

In: 21st Century Anthropology: A Reference Handbook

Chapter 68: Iroquoian Peoples

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Iroquoian Peoples
Iroquoian peoples

Iroquoian communities have long been the subject of anthropological discourse. Exemplified by Morgan's League of the Ho-De-No-Sau-Nee or Iroquois (1851/1901), initial inquiries and theses served as little more than compilations of technologies, rituals, and myths attributed to only a fraction of all Iroquoian-speaking peoples. By the end of the 20th century, however, Iroquoian-centered research expanded to include analyses of Iroquoian political developments, the effect of European contact on Iroquoian peoples, and the progression of Iroquoian nations through the centuries. This long history of research has resulted in the preservation and knowledge of Iroquoian history and development, providing sound direction for anthropologists throughout the 21st century.

The Iroquoian Language Family

The Haudenosaunee Confederacy, its members commonly referred to as “the Iroquois,” is only part of ...

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