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Home > Children's Books > A Peacemaker for Warring Nations: The Founding of the Iroquois League

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Available April 2021

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A Peacemaker for Warring
Nations: The Founding of the Iroquois League
by: Joseph Bruchac
illustrated by: David Kanietakeron Fadden
Subject(s): Age(s) / Grade level

Young Adult Nonfiction / Native American

10–14 / 4–9

Format: Size / page count:

Hardcover

8" × 10" / 56 pages

ISBN: Date available:

978-1-937786-87-8

April 2021

Price:  

$18.95

 
 

The League of the Iroquois was a true representational democracy—so much so that the United States Constitution is said to have been modeled on some of its tenets.

But how, perhaps a thousand years before the time of Columbus, did the Five Iroquois Nations (the Mohawk, Onondaga, Oneida, Cayuga, and Seneca) come to end the bitter eye-for-eye warfare among them? What brought them together in an alliance based on the Great Law of Peace? And how was it that a system of Clan Mothers was instituted in which women are seen as the center of the nation and still today choose the 50 royaners, or peace chiefs, who speak for their respective communities in meetings of the League?

In A Peacemaker for Warring Nations, renowned Native author Joseph Bruchac draws from the teachings of both contemporary and past Iroquois tradition bearers in telling the inspiring story of how “the Peacemaker,” a divine messenger sent by the Creator, helped to bring reconciliation to warring nations.

The book is beautifully and accurately illustrated by David Kanietakeron Fadden, a respected Mohawk artist whose work honors his deep indigenous roots.

Reviews


“An account of the origins of American democracy via the Haudenosaunee League, also known as the Iroquois Confederacy.

“This inspiring picture book for upper-elementary–age kids recounts the founding of the Haudenosaunee League, centuries before the United States became a nation, by a man known as the Peacemaker. In a time of violence and war, a child is conceived without a father and born to a single mother. His grandmother is baffled until one night a stranger appears by her bed to explain that the child has been sent as a prophet to heal nations. On one level, Bruchac’s (Nulhegan Abenaki) tale is a great introduction to archetypes, as the legendary Peacemaker is identifiable in many ways. He is challenged by nonbelievers and tested by feats of faith, and his followers must sacrifice to step onto the righteous path. Returning from death, he achieves what no man has done before, convincing the Mohawk, Onondaga, Cayuga, Seneca, and Oneida people to set their weapons down and work together. On another level, it fills a gap in U.S.–history education, revealing how Benjamin Franklin was inspired by the Haudenosaunee League’s representative form of government. With a group of headwomen as advisers and a long house to represent the peoples’ dependence on one another, the League’s council fire burns bright as a symbol of democratic unity. Fadden (Akwesasne Mohawk) contributes dramatic paintings that bring to life this moment in pre-colonial history. With a useful bibliography, as well as a preface and auth or’s note that speak to the contemporary inspiration for the book, this story should be on all shelves.

“A timely, must-read tale about overcoming divisions as a nation. (Picture book. 8-12)

Kirkus Reviews (This book has been given a “Kirkus Star,” one of the most coveted designations in the book industry. The Kirkus Star marks “books of exceptional merit.”)
 
sample page spread from the book “A Peacemaker for Warring Nations”, written by Joseph Bruchac and illustrated by David Kanietakeron Fadden

A sample of David Kanietakeron Fadden’s illustrations from the book
A Peacemaker for Warring Nations, written by Josesph Bruchac



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