League of the Ho-dé-no-sau-nee Or Iroquois, Volym 1


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Sidan 325 - But how came you to take upon you to sell land at all? We conquered you, we made women of you; you know you are women, and can no more sell land than women.
Sidan 191 - We return thanks to the sun, that he has looked upon the earth with a beneficent eye. Lastly, we return thanks to the Great Spirit, in whom is embodied all goodness, and who directs all things for the good of his children.
Sidan 317 - ... we spread soft furs for him to rest and sleep on ; we demand nothing in return. But, if I go into a white man's house at Albany, and ask for victuals and drink, they say, 'Where is your money?' and if I have none, they say,
Sidan 76 - This cross-relationship between the tribes of the same name, and which was stronger, if possible, than the chain of brotherhood between the several tribes of the same nation, is still preserved in all its original strength. It doubtless furnishes the chief reason of the tenacity with which the fragments of the old Confederacy still cling together. If either of the five nations had wished to cast off the alliance, it must also have broken the bond of brotherhood.
Sidan 326 - This String of Wampum serves to forbid you, your Children and Grand-Children, to the latest Posterity for ever, meddling in Land- Affairs ; neither you, nor any who shall descend from you, are ever hereafter to presume to sell any Land : For which purpose, you are to preserve this String, in Memory of what your Uncles have this Day given you in Charge. — We have some other Business to transact with our Brethren, and therefore depart the Council, and consider what has been said to you.
Sidan 190 - We return thanks to our mother, the earth, which sustains us. We return thanks to the rivers and streams, which supply us with water. We return thanks to all herbs, which furnish medicines for the cure of our diseases. We return thanks to the corn, and to her sisters, the beans and squashes, which give us life.
Sidan 307 - In addition to the garrets or tops of their houses and cribs,fl they were in the habit of " burying their surplus corn and also their charred green corn in caches, in which the former would preserve uninjured through the year, and the latter for a much longer period. They excavated a pit, made a bark bottom and sides, and having deposited the corn within it, a bark roof, water-tight, was constructed over it, and the whole covered up with earth...
Sidan 3 - ... of the chase. After they had multiplied in numbers and improved by experience, they made an attempt to secure the independent possession of the country they occupied ; but having been, in the struggle, overpowered and vanquished by the Adirondacks, they were compelled to retire from the country, to escape extermination.
Sidan 104 - ... to act as speaker for the class. Thus the eight Seneca sachems, being in four classes, could have but four opinions, and the ten Cayuga sachems, being in the same number of classes, could have but four.
Sidan 2 - Iroquois flourished in independence, and were capable of self-protection long after the New England and Virginia races had surrendered their jurisdictions and fallen into the condition of dependent nations ; and they now stand forth upon the canvas of Indian history, prominent alike for the wisdom of their civil institutions, their sagacity in the administration of the league, and their courage in its defence.

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