Thursday, April 21, 2011

Iroquois Roots of Anti-Federalism?

Strike-The-Root today links to The Constitution of the Iroquois Confederacy. Gerald Murphy, in introducing the document "as best it can be reconstructed from legend and spoken history," reminds us that it "survives after some 500 or 600 years, and was originated by people that our ancestors mistakenly considered as 'savages'" He reminds us that we are speaking of a people "with a democratic government; with a form of religion that acknowledged a Creator [mentioned sixteen times] in heaven; with a strong sense of family which was based on, and controlled by, their women."

Having grown up in Western New York, and being reminded that it was "about 1715 [that] the Tuscarora Nation, once part of the Iroquois peoples in a much earlier period of their history, moved up from North Carolina," and cannot help but ponder that it was these two states whence came the peoples of the Iroquois Confederacy that would later be the last holdouts of Anti-Federalism. Must be something in the water.

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