Reciprocity Inside and Outside Iroquois Confederacy Analytical Essay by Nicky

This paper discusses reciprocity inside and outside the Iroquois Confederacy.
# 145368 | 845 words | 2 sources | MLA | 2010 | US

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In this article, the writer discusses how Fixico's explanation of "reciprocity" in his book, 'The American Indian Mind in a Linear World', applies to the world of the Iroquois as explained in Daniel K Richter's book, 'The Ordeal of the Longhouse: The peoples of the Iroquois League in the Era of European Colonization', in their relations inside and outside of the Iroquois confederacy. The writer evaluates the outcome of reciprocity by the early 1800s.

From the Paper:

"In his book 'The American Indian Mind', Native American author Donald Lee Fixico paints an inspiring but generalized portrait of the idea of reciprocity between fellow Indians, and the ways that Indians conceptualize the past and future as a continuum. However, in many arenas of Native American history, such as that of the Iroquois League, while common ritualistic understanding of time may have united the different clans, economic and political interests could also divide tribes internally as well as create antagonistic relationships with other tribes. The Iroquois were best known "for their ferocity in war; power more than peace characterized their dealings with outsiders'' (Richter 31). There was a paradox amongst the Iroquois in particular: a cultural ideal of internal peace and mutual reciprocity combined with the actual practice of seemingly incessant war against outsiders."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Fixico, Donald Lee. The American Indian Mind. New York: Routledge, 2003.
  • Richter, Donald. The Ordeal of the Longhouse: The peoples of the Iroquois League in the Era of European Colonization. University of Carolina Press, 1992.

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