Iroquois Book of Rites.

By: HALE, Horatio

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HALE, Horatio. The Iroquois Book of Rites. New York : AMS Press, (1969). Pp(4),iii-v,(3),9-222,(2). Map in text. 8vo, green cloth, gilt lettering to spine. First published in Philadelphia by D.G. Brinton in 1883 as No.II in Britton's Library of Aboriginal American Literature series. "The aboriginalcomposition now presented to the public has some peculiar claims on the at tention of scholars. As a record, if we accept the chronology of its custodians,--which there is no reason to question,--it carries back the authentichistory of Northern America to a date anterior by fifty years to the arriv al of Columbus. Further than this,the plain and credible tradition of the Iroquois, confirmed by much other evidence, links them with the still earlier Alligewi, or "Moundbuilders," as conquerors with the conquered. Thus the annals of this portion of the continent need no longer begin with the landing of the first colonists, but can go back, like those of Mexico, Yucatan and Peru, to a storied past of singular interest. The chief value of the Book of Rites, however, is ethnological, and is found in the light which it casts on the political and social life, as well as on the character and capacity of the people to whom it belongs. We see in them many of the traits which Tacitus discerned in our ancestors of the German forests, along with some qualities of a higher cast than any that he has delineated. The love of peace, the sentiment of human brotherhood, the strong social and domestic affections, the respect for law, and the reverence for ancestral greatness, which are apparent in this Indian record and in the historical events which illustrate it, will strike most readers as new and unexpected developments.The circumstances attending the composition of this record and its recent discovery are fully detailed in the introductory chapters. There also, and in the Notes and Appendix, such further explanations are given as the various allusions and occasional obscurities of the Indian workhave seemed to require. It is proper to state that the particulars comprised in the followingpages respecting the traditions, the usages, and the language of the Iroqu ois (except such as are expressly stated to have been derived from books), have been gathered by the writer in the course of many visits made, during several years past, to their Reservations in Canada and New York. As a matter of justice, and also as an evidence of the authenticity of these particulars, the names of the informants to whom he has been principally indebted are given in the proper places, with suitable acknowledgment of the assistance received from each. He ventures to hope that in the information thus obtained, as well as in the Book of Rite's itself, the students of history and of the science of man will find some new material of permanent interest and value." (from the Preface). Contents : Introduction. 1. The Huron-Iroquois Nations. 2. The League and its Founders. 3. The Book of Rites. 4. The Condoling Council.—Clans and Classes. 5. The Condolence and the Installation.6. The Laws of the League. 7. Historical Traditions. 8. The Iroquois Chara cter. 9. The Iroquois Policy. 10. The Iroquois Language. The Book of Rites : The Canienga Book; The Onondaga Book; Notes on the Canienga Book; Notes on the Onondaga Book. Appendix: Note A—Names of the Huron-lroquuis Nations; Meaning of Ohio, Ontario, Onontio, Rawenniio; C - The Era of the Confederacy; The Hiawatha Myths; E.—The Iroquois Towns; F. - The Pre-Aryan Race in Europe and America. Small mark to fore-edge else very good. 30.00

Title: Iroquois Book of Rites.

Author Name: HALE, Horatio

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Publisher: AMS Press, New York, 1969,:

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