This book tells the story of the Iroquois from their beginnings many hundreds of years ago, through the tribulations of European contact and near-extinction in the nineteenth century, to their vibrant survival in the contemporary United States and Canada. It is illustrated with maps and photographs, draws on a wide range of source material - much of it provided by the Iroquois themselves - and provides full guides to further reading and to the specialist literature. Vivid, moving and told with consummate narrative skill, this is the book serious readers should start with.
Dean Snow is professor and head of anthropology at the Pennsylvania State University. His previous books include The Archaeology of North America (1979) and The Archaeology of North American Indians (1989).