The first time it appears in writing is in the account of Samuel de Champlain of his journey to Tadoussac inwhere it occurs as "Irocois". Hewitt responded to Hale's etymology in by expressing doubt that either of those words exist in the respective languages. By Ives Goddard could write:
One of these, The Genius of the People, alleged that after the many weeks of debate a committee sat to combine the many agreements into one formal document. The chairman of the committee was John Rutledge of South Carolina.
This Committee of Detail was having trouble deciding just how to formalize the many items of discussion into one document that would satisfy one and all. Rutledge proposed they model the new government they were forming into something along the lines of the Iroquois League of Nations, which had been functioning as a democratic government for hundreds of years, and which he had observed in Albany.
While there were many desirable, as well as undesirable, models from ancient and modern histories in Europe and what we know now as the Middle East, only the Iroquois had a system that seemed to meet most of the demands espoused by the many parties to the debates.
The Genius of the People alleged that the Iroquois had a Constitution which began: I never did find that one sentence backed up in what writings there are concerning the ancient Iroquois. But I DID find sufficient data and evidence to convince me that the Iroquois most certainly did have a considerable influence on the drafting of our own Constitution, and we present-day Americans owe them a very large debt.
At the time of the founding of the Iroquois League of Nations, no written language existed; we have only the early stories which were passed down from generation to generation, until such time as there was a written language, and interpreters available, to record that early history.
One such document is listed below. There are several other documents now available in various places which refer to the original founding of the Iroquois, and they seem to substantiate this document as probably truthful and accurate.
This version was prepared by Arthur C. In it, you will find close parallels to our Executive, Legislative and Judiciary branches of government as originally described in our U. You will find it very difficult to keep in mind that it survives after some or years, and was originated by people that our ancestors mistakenly considered as "savages".
Some sources place the origin of the Five Nation Confederacy as early as AD, but others insist it was prepared about AD; in any case, it was well before any possible contamination by European invaders.
Early explorers and colonists found the Iroquois well established, as they had been for many generations: It must also be pointed out that this document refers to to the "Five" Nations, while other references to the Confederacy speak of the "Six" nations. From the inception, there were the Five Nations discussed in this Constitution.
In aboutthe Tuscarora Nation, once part of the Iroquois peoples in a much earlier period of their history, moved up from North Carolina to avoid warfare with the invading white settlers, and were adopted into the Confederacy.
At this point in time, the Iroquois controlled many parts of our now eastern states from their homelands in what is now New York state. The original Five Nations were: People Possessors of the Flint Onondaga: People on the Hills Seneca: Great Hill People Cayuga: People at the Mucky Land Tuscarora: During his travels, he associated himself with a Mohawk tribal lord in what is now New York, and named him Hahyonhwatha Hiawatha He who has misplaced something, but knows where to find it.
Hiawatha left his family and friends, and joined Dekanawida in his travels, becoming his chief spokesman. One legend has it that Dekanawida, while brilliant, had a speech impediment, and depended on Hiawatha to do his public speaking for him.
Together, they traveled the length and breadth of the lands on the south shores of Lakes Erie and Ontario, as well as the river to the sea, now known as the St.
These were the homelands of tribes with a common heritage, but who had been warring with one another for many years. Dekanawida united them into a League of Nations that we now call the Iroquois League. Centuries later, Longfellow "borrowed" the name of Hiawatha to be his hero in a fictional legend; there is no other connection between the two Hiawathas nor their stories.
Here is their original Constitution, as best it can be recontructed from legend and spoken history. Read it and be amazedJul 07, · To acknowledge the contribution of the Iroquois Confederacy of Nations to the development of the United States Constitution and to reaffirm the continuing government-to-government relationship between Indian tribes and the United States established in the Constitution.
Jul 07, · To acknowledge the contribution of the Iroquois Confederacy of Nations to the development of the United States Constitution and to reaffirm the continuing government-to-government relationship between Indian tribes and the United States established in the Constitution.
The Iroquois system, like the United States government of the past plus years, was federal in nature -- the five or six individual tribes handled their own affairs, as the American states. Among the Haudenosaunee (the "Six Nations," comprising the Mohawk, Onondaga, Oneida, Cayuga, Seneca, and Tuscarora peoples) the Great Law of Peace is the oral constitution of the Iroquois .
The Iroquois Constitution and The Us Constitution. Edit 0 25 The Iroquois Constitution and the U.S. Constitution had leaders and representatives from each nation or state. Why would The United States base their government off the Iroquois Constitution, when the US didn’t respect the Native Americans?.
Iroquois and the Founding Fathers. Others refute that theory and argue that the framers of the United States Constitution and other documents did not need the example of Indian governments because they could refer to numerous English and Continental European political theories for their ideas.
The Peoples of the Iroquois League in the.