Seven Generations of Iroquois Leadership
The Six Nations Since 1800Book - 2008
In Seven Generations of Iroquois Leadership, Laurence M. Hauptman traces the past 200 years of the Six Nations' history through the lens of the remarkable leaders who shaped it. Focusing on the distinct qualities of Iroquois leadership, Hauptman reveals how the Six Nations have survived as a distinct people in the face of overwhelming pressure. Employing a biographical approach and extensive research, the author explores the ways in which leaders use the past to deal with cultural, economic, and political survival.
Celebrated figures such as Governor Blacksnake and Cornelius Cusick are juxtaposed with less well-known but nonetheless influential champions of Haudenosaunee culture and sovereignty such as Aunt Dinah John and Ernie Benedict. Hauptman achieves an impressive balance with the inclusion of both male and female leaders, highlighting the equally important role women played in the development and direction of the confederacy after American independence.
Including leaders from all six Iroquois nations and all regions of modern-day Iroquoia, the book offers both historical and contemporary portraits. Hauptman's lucid prose combined with a compelling narrative make this an accessible and indispensable volume.