Shé:kon rotirihwahserehshonhátye tsi nihotirò:ten ne Rotinonhsyón:ni—the Rotinonhsyón:ni are still following their traditions Haudenosaunee warfare and politics: Persistence and adaptation through time
Martin, Brandon Jay
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This dissertation examines the warfare and political history of the Haudenosaunee people, and the Haudenosaunee Confederacy, from pre-contact to the present day. Haudenosaunee warfare and political history are researched in five critical areas, which are: evolution of warfare, political protocol, economics, alliances, and legislation. I analyze these critical areas of Haudenosaunee history to illustrate how the Haudenosaunee endured colonization, to highlight problems in both the historic past and the present, and to present the modern day struggles of the Haudenosaunee in respect to their sovereignty and inherent rights. Throughout this dissertation the Haudenosaunee are examined as a collective group (after all, the problems of one member nation oftentimes concerned the other member nations as well) rather than a historical examination of each nation of the Confederacy, but where applicable and necessary, the particular history of a specific nation of the Haudenosaunee Confederacy is presented. The examination of Haudenosaunee warfare and political history seeks to provide answers to the following question: How did the Haudenosaunee people and the Haudenosaunee Confederacy go from being one of the premier political forces in North America with a substantial amount of traditional territory, to becoming small and isolated communities in the United States and Canada, whose sovereignty and inherent rights are continually challenged or ignored? While this dissertation does not pretend to answer this question entirely, it is hoped that it will provide readers with at least some of the factors associated with this transition. It is also hoped that understanding the problems of the past, might help us as Haudenosaunee people in addressing the problems of the present, and at the very least help prevent us from committing those same errors in the future.