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Indians of North America the IroquoisV 1993

Catalog Data

Nevison, Henry Producer  Search this
Henry Nevison; Producer, Director  Search this
Marty Moss-Coane; Narration  Search this
Harold Boihem; Editor  Search this
Henry Nevison, Dana Palermo; Audio  Search this
Rich Wilson; script writer  Search this
John Gerbec, Dana Palermo; producers  Search this
Physical description:
31 min sound color video
Iroquois Indians  Search this
Seneca Indians  Search this
Mohawk Indians  Search this
Tuscarora Indians  Search this
Cayuga Indians  Search this
Oneida Indians  Search this
Onondaga Indians  Search this
Indians of North America  Search this
Indians of North America Northeast  Search this
Projected media
Collection descriptions
North America
N orth America
United States, Canada, New York, Pennsylvania
Indians of North America Series: The Iroquois. Edited film documents the history of the Iroquois American Indians and their contributions to agriculture, the role of women in Iroquois society, the relationship with both Indians and non-Indians on Iroquois territory, and Iroquois philosophy on the land. Film explains the division of the League of the Iroquois into the six tribes of the Mohawks, Onondaga, Seneca, Tuscarora, Oneida, and Cayuga, situated in what is today Pennsylvania, New York and southern Canada. One major contribution cited is the harvesting of numerous types of corn, a skill which the Iroquois passed along to the European settlers along with other agricultural knowledge. Various themes explored include: the American Revolutionary War as a conflict dividing the Iroquois; matriarchy and the role of women in selecting the new chiefs; the Iroquois understanding of land as an unownable entity; friendly relations with nearby Quakers; impact of the U.S. Government land policies. Featured are tribal heroes such as Eli Parker, the first Indian elected head of the Bureau of Indian Affairs, and the spiritual leader Handsome Lake, who taught of the importance of dreams an visions and advocated a return to lost Iroquois rituals. Footage sequences include black and white photographs of Iroquois farming; beadwork used for belts and as symbols of peace; the longhouse as the site of religious worship; the site of the 1960 flood of the Kinzua Dam destroying Iroquois land and homes; interviews with elders and youths.
Repository Loc.:
Human Studies Film Archives, Smithsonian Museum Support Center, Suitland, MD
Land--acquisition of  Search this
Land--as a source of wealth  Search this
Land--as property  Search this
Land--reclamation  Search this
Land--territory--boundaries  Search this
Land--reservations  Search this
Territorial--boundaries--exploitation  Search this
Territory--annexed consolidation of  Search this
Settlement--patterns  Search this
Exploring--expeditions  Search this
Contact--Quakers  Search this
Bands--migratory  Search this
Warriors--status of  Search this
Conflict  Search this
War--Revolutionary War  Search this
Armed forces  Search this
Military--enlistment--operations--posts--tactics  Search this
Treaties--capitulation--peace  Search this
Government--activities--agencies  Search this
Agencies--Bureau of Indian Affairs  Search this
Education--curriculum  Search this
Education--teachers in--theories of  Search this
Education--attitudes toward  Search this
History--oral, as a method  Search this
Spiritualism  Search this
Missions--religious  Search this
Nature--ideas about  Search this
Descent--matrilineal  Search this
Women--matriarchy  Search this
Women--status of  Search this
Women--power  Search this
Assimilation--of ethnic groups  Search this
Flood--control measures  Search this
Dreams--ideas about  Search this
Beads--as ornament  Search this
Agriculture  Search this
Agriculture--corn  Search this
Animals--buffalo--hunting  Search this
Animals--horses  Search this
Animals--cattle  Search this
Ownership--individual--collective  Search this
Culture--accomodation--adaptation  Search this
Culture--change  Search this
Culture--continuity  Search this
Culture  Search this
Culture--ideals  Search this
Cultural heroes--Eli Parker--Handsome Lake--Iroquois  Search this
Local number:
HSFA 1995.1.7 RV
Data Source:
Human Studies Film Archives