History Summarized: Iroquois Native Americans


American History tends to emphasize how the colonies won their freedom from the oppressive British empire and while that’s true it’s only part of the picture. See there were a lot of players in the new worlds during and before the time of the revolution. One of the most remarkable yet often overlooked forces in shaping the course of history is the Iroquois Confederation. The Iroquois was a league of five Native American (the Tuscorara was the one who joined in 1722) peoples living in what is now known as Upstate New York, and these guys are really cool! But they’re often overlooked or underappreciated in most written history. Lucky for all of you I spent WEEKS tracking down a Notorious yet Incredibly Rare source that goes into the Iroquois history with Exquisite detail! [Intro Music: Drums and Swooshie Sword-like Sythesizers] (Audience: CHILDWHY) So let’s fire it up and learn some history: [Thumping Music and the sound of swords and blood] (The animation is really good though.) AUGH! *Dies* [Nervously] Okay… Maybe I need to reevaluate my sources Okay, so jokes aside, who ARE the Iroquois? Well, the name Iroquois isn’t quite accurate. Europeans called them the Iroquois but we don’t actually know where that name came from. We DO know that they would’ve called themselves the Haudenosaunee or the people of the Longhouse. The Longhouse itself was… well… a long house that they all lived in. As it had good insulation from the cold winters and could hold upwards of 20 families at a time in it. But beyond just a living space the Longhouse was deeply symbolic of the Iroquois. The legends says that the Longhouse was where the original 5 nations of what became the Iroquois swore to peace and devised their subsequent government. The Longhouse is the symbol of community and peace so it was the perfect symbol for the Iroquois to identify themselves with. The Iroquois also considered their share of land as one giant longhouse uniting them all. So… yeah! People of the Longhouse checks out! Almost all of what we actually know the Iroquois comes from a strong oral tradition. We’re not super sure about the early history because there aren’t any written sources but the origin story is told roughly as follows: Originally, there were 5 nations: the Mohawk, the Onondaga, the Oneida, the Cayuga, and the Seneca They spoke pretty much the same language and pretty much had the same culture but they warring on and off with each other for years and probably even centuries. Somewhere in possibly/probably in the 1400 or 1500s a few people wanted peace. And according to the legend, Hiawatha, Jigonhsasee and Dekanawidah co-founded the Iroquois Confederation by uniting those 5 nations of the Great Lakes, One by one, into a peaceful alliance that would last for centuries. That’s the bare bones (and they mean BARE) of the story. Extra Credits tells the story really well if you wanna see it in more detail, but since I’m on a time crunch and still have a few centuries left to get through, I need to move on. Like I said earlier, the history is a little dubious because it’s all oral tradition, but there’s a good reason for that. In case you’re not from the American North East, I’ll let you know right now It gets C o l d in the winter Nobody was eager to get frostbite, so most people stayed inside the longhouses and they’d pass the days, weeks, and months by telling stories. So weirdly enough, the climate helped play a role in enforcing the strong and persisting oral tradition. So… Hooray for the murderous cold! Back to history, The 5 nations agreed to the Great Law of Peace, an oral constitution that was drafted cooperatively by all 5 nations, and designed to ensure the safety and prosperity of everyone in the Iroquois Confederation. One famous feature of the law was how forward looking it was. No law could be passed without giving specific consideration to how it’ll affect each of the next seven generations (Something America should learn about). [Awed] Which.. Just… Damn! That’s really cool! The Iroquois also lived in a genuinely interwoven community. Everyone lived in longhouses together and almost everything was shared between people. Also everyone was treated super fairly! And their gender equality was top notch. While men hunted more on average than women and women farmed more on average then men, but that honestly kinda tends to happen. Women were highly respected in the community. Women had the power to appoint members to the Confederation’s counsel, and remove them if they weren’t governing judiciously. Elderly women were respected as “clan mothers” and had many spiritual and practical responsibilities among their people. And let’s not forget that the earth was personified as female. You know… Mother earth! Although given the abundance of fertility themes afoot that one shouldn’t be surprising. Following the formation of the Confederation and the implementation of the Great Law of Peace (say that 5 times fast) everyone’s quality of life went up by a lot. Raids and local conflict stopped almost entirely as the council would rule on things and people wouldn’t resort to violence. One such way the Iroquois would settle differences and disputes was by playing a sport involving a ball and a curved stick. Which, we today, call Lacrosse! If two groups had beef with each other, they just throw a few hundred dudes onto a field and play for days! That’s kind of hilarious, but also amazing! I, for one, am honestly looking forward to when world wars are fought via Yu-Gi-Oh duels. So fun ball games and egalitarian culture aside, the actual government of the Iroquois is Kind of Incredible. The Multi-National Peace Agreement was a huge deal because nothing of the sort had ever been done before. In the Americas, or anywhere else. The fundamental principles of the Iroquois government being a collection of small local states united in peace under a binding federal roof were entirely new. But still, that all might sound familiar to you because there’s this cool new nation called the “United States of America”. And, well, the proof’s kind of in the name! This fact often goes unacknowledged, but the United States was founded on the Federalist governing principles of the Iroquois. And the constitution is, in many ways, a codified version of the Great Law of Peace. And that’s not just crack-potted revisionism. See a little known gentlemen’s club called- uh- CONGRESS Officailly recognized in 1988 that the structure of the U.S. government is directly modeled after the Iroquois Federation And this next claim isn’t properly substantiated historically So grain of salt, but according to modern day Iroquois Several members of the confederation were present during the continental congress And kept upstairs So that when the American founders had a question about something They would just run Upstairs and ask what the Iroquois did to resolve that given problem. If you ask me, It Shows. I think it’s really cool that the American founders took so much from a system That clearly worked and employed to such good effect- [Blue is fanboying here] – in what became the american government We often want to think of the constitution as a revival of great Democratic Ideals of Ancient Athens or Rome But all of the Capital’s stone collumns and Greco-Roman Architecture really just establishes an aesthetic The REAL BONES of the US Government comes from the Iroquois. In the 1600s, the Iroquois expanded outwards in a series of conflicts called the Beaver Wars. Now unlike the great Australian Emu War of 1932 (Wait, WHAT) This wasn’t a war against Beavers but For Them. See, with the French and British Colonies starting to gradually take shape Well-to-do Europeans back on the Continent wanted to import goods And the most prized good was beaver fur. the Iroquois like many Native American Nations wanted In So they hunted all of the beavers that they could, Until local Beaver Populations tanked and everyone needed to find new hunting grounds. Since nobody wanted to be left out of the trade, Everyone started fighting over the remaining Beavers The Iroquois, despite their peaceful origins, began fighting and expanding with their neighbors to secure the best grounds and make the most trade. The Iroquois became, by far, the most dominant in the region. And even went on to attack ‘New France’ on a couple of occasions. These conflicts were seriously brutal. With thousands dead and tens of thousands displaced. In the aftermath of the beaver wars, the British and the Iroquois buddied up and the Iroquois made a temporary peace with the French. About 50 years later, France, Brittian, and whole bunch of other places- Erupted into a giant Cartoon Dustcloud- (They fought)- of globetrotting fighting. Partially because the Brittish wanted to push more westward in America and get more ‘England Colonizing’ going on But France was like Aw Heeeelll Naw! (Blue’s Voice squeaks sassily) A large handful of Native American Nations were caught in the slap fight and had to pick sides. Based on both location and prior alliances, the line up was pretty much Britain and the Iroqois Against France and Everyone else. Which explains why Anglo-centric circles refer to this conflict as the French and Indian War. Unlike the Beaver Wars, the Iroquois were pretty calm and casual during this one. Because most nations had already learned their lesson on messing with the Iroquois a century prior However the Iroqous were given a hard time by the French. And the Brittish didn’t quite seem to care… Britain also didn’t do much to stop the flow of settlers pushing into Iroquois land over the previous half century. and with a vastly diminished french presence after the war Why bother now, right? While the Iroqouis didn’t do a lot in the war itself The conflict still marked a drop-off in relations between them and the British. This partially explains why, when the Colonies declared war on the British (Empire) in 1775 the Iroquois had no interest what-so-ever in picking a side. They pretty much figured out that money and land meant more to their English speaking neighbors than friendship for friendship’s sake. They wanted to stick to their peaceful roots and remain neutral as long as they could. But when they realized that they needed to be in the good graces of the eventual winner… the Iroquois were torn. The Tuscarora, who (had) joined the Iroqouis in 1722, and Oneida allied with the Colonies While the Mohawk, Onondaga, Seneca, and Cayuga allied with Brittain. Partially for old times sake, but also for trade and territory reasons. Even though Britain had a habit of breaking agreements, the new Colonies didn’t have any formal agreements at all with the Iroquois. So they were a wild card. But those of you who are aware that the United States is currently a Thing That Exists- Can see why the Iroquois are about to have a Really bad time. During the war, the British mostly occupied cities while the Colonists held strong in the countryside. It should be no surprise, that the Colonists made a regular habit of raiding and burning the Iroquois land. Among the Iroquois the American Revolution isn’t referred to as a Revolution. Or even as a war. Many simply called it the ‘Burning of the Valleys’ – which should get the point across. In addition to all this, the split alliances of the Iroquois nations often lead to Iroquois fighting Iroquois Which hadn’t happened since before they became the Iroquois in the first place It was so bad that the confederation just kinda, Broke after the war The Treaty of Paris in 1783, which ended the war, completely Ignored the holdings of any Native Americans and subsequent treaties between Natives and Americans weren’t so much treaties, as they were a series of official requests to vacate thier ancestral homeland – Or Else. And the Iroquois were so weakened after the war that they had no choice but to accept. These land acquisitions were explicitly illegal according to America’s own: Articles of Confederation AND the later constitution! [Sardonically] But those laws are just suggestions right? What follows is a bunch of Manifest Destiny that I won’t get into, by sheer virtue of how depressing it is. But suffice to say that the Americans felt that their effort in winning the war justified almost a century of non-stop conquest This was great if you were an American! But it was pretty rough if you were a NATIVE American. As for the Iroquois, they split up, Moved. Moved again. And today live on designated Reservations in America and Canada. It’s really sad to see such a strong nation built on a foundation of peace get the short end of the stick – in a conflict they didn’t even ask for. But it’s at least nice to know that the cultures of the Individual Nations have lived on in the centuries following (the conflict). So… there you have it. The Iroquois are an underappreciated player in American history, as it is. But they’re such unique people that it’s worth looking at Iroquois History in itself too. I think they serve as a great example of how effective and worthwhile cooperation can be And how much we can all benefit when we learn from each other *CENSORSHIP* AND how history is actually about a centuries old conflict between Assassins and Templars That too. [Awesome Music for Awesome Patrons] ((Blue has been pronouncing Iroquois as “Ee-roh-koy”)) ((And that word is waaay to hard to spell. Probably French. )) ((Also, these sentences just RUN ON. )) ((Blue, I love you. But you talk wayyy too fast.)) ((…Red does that too actually…)) ((Nothing could have prepared them for the sudden demands of international trade…. sad.)) This has been an Overly Sarcastic Translation.

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  • To clarify the origin of the Constitution section, there is very much a strong kernel of truth to it, but it is somewhat exaggerated. When Benjamin Franklin was writing up his version of the Articles of Confederation (please don't confuse this with the Articles of Confederation that were actually put in place), he was HEAVILY inspired by the Iroquois. That is, in fact, why he used the word Confederation. Franklin's Confederation was, however, rejected. The articles of Confederation that we briefly operated under did very little to unite us as a nation. Actually, the vagueness concerning certain issues, and the lack of power to enforce others, led to border conflicts between some of the states. When the Constitution was created, that document borrowed from some of the framework that Franklin had designed, which means that some of the Iroquois influence would have been carried over. That would have been combined with the strong influence of the British Parliamentary model as well. So, yes, the structure of the Iroquois Confederation did play a vital role in the formation of the American system of government, but it wasn't anything close to being a copy of it.

  • I don’t expect a lot (or anyone) to read this…but:

    I understand that this is a video about the Iroquois, and this comment is not meant to disrespect the Iroquois as I truly do appreciate there history, but to say that the Iroquois were the “real bones of the US government” is a bit of a bold claim. The reason as I say this is because this topic is disputed amongst historians, and to suggest this claim as fact would be rather disingenuous. Furthermore, to propose that Roman influence on the US government is merely just “aesthetic” is just plain false.

    I don’t normally comment on videos, so if anyone is reading this, please don’t hate me. I’m honestly interested in the notion that the Iroquois confederation influenced the US government, as this idea was never taught to me and is new. But hey, if your reading this, I would like to here your thoughts. Anyways, have a nice day👍

  • I disagree on one thing. We will not fight with Yu-Gi-Oh…Magic the Gathering.

  • Just to be absolutely correct, you got the names of the five nations out of order. At 1:55 -ish you needed to say Mohawk, Oneida, Onondaga…..rather than Mohawk, Onondaga, Oneida…you just transposed two nations. No big deal.

  • The "Beaver Wars" can be characterized as a competition for resources – but it can also be accurately described as a proxy war between colonial France and England. The colonial powers encouraged their Native allies to interfere with other native peoples trade and commerce and as a result, war erupts.

  • Onondaga were in center.

  • Iroquois are mostly from Quebec Canada tho.

  • I would love a movie about this culture

  • Thank you for providing a history of an interesting people. I enjoyed it and am glad someone is teaching history.

    You should have mentioned that the Iroquois kept slaves, waged aggressive wars, tortured prisoners of war and were cannibals. Not because it attacks this culture but because:
    a) that's history and the omission leaves your history incomplete and biased.
    b) I am sick of every other culture's history getting whitewashed while Europeans' crimes get highlighted as if only we committed such atrocities. For instance, EVERY culture practiced slavery. Because we don't teach the ugly parts of a culture's history young people think slavery was invented by white people.

  • You make it hard to trust you because you inject your weak-minded effeminate beliefs and mix it with what might be history.

    And in spite what the sitting Congress did in 1988, the US Constitution is modeled after a work by Pelatiah Webster.

    So right there, by 5:10, you reveal your historical stupidity or incessant virtue-signaling propaganda.

    So yeah, your video is shit, dude, and so is your mind.

  • Ben Franklin was just being sarcastic, when he chided the colonies that even the savage Iroquois had figured out how to do such and such a thing together. The actual influences on the American Constitution were the confederacies from Greece to Switzerland studied by Madison, plus the accrued tradition of British Constitutional Development, and the political theories of the Enlightenment in Europe, notably Hume with his essays on factionalism and on a perfect confederal republic.

  • Nothing stirs the boys up like a shortage of beaver.

  • That longhouse is to long for me!

  • WHAT MOTHER EARTH?!?!?! WHAT THE FREAK

  • (sighs)what ever:(

  • yeah has a point…

  • but if we play Yu-Gi-Oh all the time then there will be a lot of people in the shadow realm
    I think that we should just send people we don't like to the next dimension

  • Hey what are your sources?

  • [spoiler] They aren't fucking natives. They came here and massacred the people who were here before them, then attempted to massacre those who came after them and got their asses handed to them.[/spoiler]

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  • I’m a Iroquois

  • 3:39
    Thank for acknowledging that that's what tends to happen, and not some patriarchal conspiracy.

  • And again. Greed destroyed it all. That is depressing.

  • Why are we glorifying a tribal people who decided not to butcher each other? I think the Persians,Chinese and the Ancient Greeks did it better 2000-3000 years before the Indians and lets not forget that the Indians not 500 years ago practiced human sacrifice on a level which no human nation have seen upon that time.

    Also why do the COLONISTS American are considered bad when ALL FACKING NATIONS DID WHAT THEY DID LONG BEFORE THEM. Mongols, Alexander the Great, Attila, Chinese, The Persians , The Romans, FUCKING FRENCH NAPOLEON and the middle American Indians them SELF practice conquest. Then why do we judge the Americans while not putting them on equal standing with the previously spoken of.

  • I don't want to be the one who goes against the popular oppinion but If anything the colonists were IMPRESSED at how easy the Iroquoi adapted to technology and particularly firearms since they were the best shooters amongst the Native American peoples. They were not considered primitive at all specially when comparing them to other Native Americans such as the then allegedly bloodthirsty savages such as the Secotans and Croatans that evaporated the colony of Roanoke Colony off the face of the Earth, just not quite yet at the level of the Europeans. And by the end of the American revolution Thomas Jefferson who had massive interest in Native American culture had a particularly strong interest in the Iroqoi.

  • The sad ending of the Iroquois really frustrates me and saddens me. Now I love the American Revolution simply because its a great time period, BUT I will admit that the Colonists acted like jerks before, during and after the American Revolution. The Colonists wanted to expand and move and screw ANYONE OR ANYTHING that got in their way Native Americans included. The British were just trying to protect them, and get more money cause they were recently in a lot of wars recently. Seeing videos like these just bums me out, cause it really hammers out the fact that the land we stand on today was paved over blood. Finally, its also because of videos like these that reaffirms my support of the Native Americans and doing everything we can to make up for all the terrible things that were done to them.

  • The Seneca were the local tribe in my area.

  • you are such an arse… a condescending arse. i ws hoping to find out something about my father and you…. you do this sung song bull shit history of an amazing culture that saved the colonists that turned on their saviours.just fu

  • The US owes the natives monetary reparations, and sovereign control of their lands without fear or annex or exploitation or unwelcome development.

  • Love this stuff. It is probable that communism came about due to these guys. They were studied by Morgan then Marx then Engels.

  • Does anybody really give a shit about their gender equality?

  • Lmao lacrosse was and is an extremely violent game, sometimes played to the death.

  • It seems the founding fathers of the united states took ideas from about every democracy and republic that came before them.

  • Deus vult

  • "I look forward to when world wars are fought through Yugioh Duels"

  • I know the Assassin's Creed 3 part is a joke and the game is okay and its history accuracy isn't 100% nor terrible…still, it's pretty interesting for Ubisoft to have a Native American protagonist and delve into the Iroquois in a game about the American Revolution. The Iroquois is often left out from almost any fiction (movie, TV, game) about the American Revolution, and I think AC3 is a first for me…

  • Can we get of Native American tribes videos and their influence on America to be?

  • As a Iroquois from the Mohawk nation, this was really nice to come across and I enjoyed watching it. We also mostly refer to ourselves as ‘Onkwehonwe’ (roughly pronounced Oon-gway-hoon-way) People of the Flint. Thanks for taking the time to share part of my culture and history!

  • It’s pronounced as Ee-row-kwa not Ee-row-koi, also Iroquois is of French origin

  • Watching this after seeing the Assassin's Creed 3 Remastered trailer.

    The algorithm is strong with one…

  • If we did get to the point we use yu gi oh to fight battles
    I will win because I have a man eater bug card

  • Wow never knew about most of this.

  • There was a episode in yugioh gx where the military was transporting a card shipment, if wars were fought with yugioh , that would be the hilarious reality

  • What's the music at the end?

  • While your at it you REALLY gotta cover the Potawatomi, Shawnee, Algonquin history. Its just as interesting

  • too bad George Washington was infamous for burning down 28 of 30 Seneca cities and was known as "town burner" by the Iroquois

  • Three Fires Treaty is better than Iroquois! You cannot change my mind,

  • Nooo I’m talking about Algonquian for my project not the Iroquois

  • 98% Irish/English European and 2% Iroquois American…Guess who my favorite Native tribe is! 😂

  • Historia Civilis's
    Video on the Iroquois Constitution is great check it out.

  • Well, actually that map isn't entirely accurate, Seneca Territory stretches over a much larger west amount of land. I live in a country called Chautauqua (shuh-tawk-kwuh), which in Seneca means "where the fish came in" and has always been owned by the Seneca nation. Seneca Territory actually stretches from Erie County to Chautauqua, to Cattaraugus County and even farther by some accounts. If you just move everything you put on that map a little more West and stretch some of the territory lines it would be more accurate.

  • I'm confused. I thought that the 5 or 6 nations was huge. And partly in Canada – I live on 'Mohawk Road' which I always assumed that they actually lived on the land until we (well, at the time, the Brits) took it away from them.

    Speaking of England not caring that much about treaties, how about the War of 1812? I'm interested in your take on that.

  • Great video – especially for the high-school and up crowd! I would love a 'clean' and simplified version for younger students.

  • Following the formation
    Of the confederation
    And the implementation
    Of peace through the nation

  • For the reference, Stickball is nothing like Lacrosse today. Anything and everything not lethal was cool beans. It was like that Japanese pole defense attack sport thing where they just kick and charge

  • Ac3 music ;-;

  • I'm so glad I clicked on this. I didn't know about them! I wonder how today's Iriquois (Iriquese? Iriquoisans?) are doing.

  • WHERE. ARE. YOU. POINTING. IN. 9:48 . THE ACTUAL FUCK.

  • Thank you so much for covering this! Don’t learn much of any Native American history here in England so I’m only just learning, and I’m fascinated!

  • If the US Government is based off of the Iroquois Confederacy, then they did an absolutely awful job at it.

  • I would like to contest the idea that the British were “oppressive” to the yanks.

  • Iroquois: makes a confederation with 5 nations via oral constitution.
    Congress: makes the United States with 50 states via written constitution.
    Iroquois: PLAGIARISMMMMMMMMMMMMMMM!!!!!!!!!!!

  • I CHALLENGE YOU TO A D-D-D-D-D-DUEL!

  • Playing the civ V new world senario as a native American is scary

  • To this day one of THE most prized goods is beaver fur. ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)

  • Came from blue's top 5 domes. And I see top 1 Duomo? the frame….

  • Being from upstate New York, I found this particularly interesting! Thanks for another great video!

  • How America was brought into WW 2 (Hitler) I play unrestricted sub warfar (sinks American boat) (America) HA! You activated my trap card (trap card is diclar war)

  • Hey Blue you should check out what happened with the tribes in Wisconsin. They actually got a Treaty signed and though it was partially ignored for most of U.S. history but in the mid to late 1900s they were able to get some of their traditional practices enforced and protected by state and federal law. Its actually really cool to see what they did

  • Do one on the history of the Huron Indians!

  • Their Long House look like Marsh Arab in Iraq

  • Love how you put in AC3 lol. I'm half Mohawk!!

  • This is an amazing video, but I am compelled to point out that those are actually ostriches in that Emu War image

  • Revisionist nonsense. The idea that the founding fathers took inspiration from people who never invented writing or the wheel is one no serious historian supports.

  • Niawenko for this, it's great to see accurate information that some people probably never got to learn about. I'm half Mohawk/half Oneida so I grew up learning about this.

  • I'm curious, what source did 200 years later Congress use to verify that?

  • Even less known is the history of the Algonquin native Americans. Even downstate in former Algonquin territory, we learn about the Iroquois instead

  • …So th emu war was against beavers?

  • Maybe the founders patterned American democracy on the Iroquois, or maybe this IS just revisionism. I have not doubt that Congress would have made the claim for "sensitivity" issues.

    I don't think the Americans gave much of a shit about Iroquoian governance–right or wrong. But I think the example of Greek democracy and Roman republicanism were probably more a part of the European consciousness.

    My point is… we can't know. And stories about Iroquois being squirreled away upstairs while the Constitution was being drafted… just reeks of mythos more than fact.

    Maybe it happened. Maybe it didn't. It's beyond conjecture… because there are people who want to advance the narrative for political purposes.

    Sensitivity and emotionalism becomes their holy objective.

  • Lacross is actually Canadas national sport

  • Its weird to watch a video on stuff I ACTUALLY learned in school…weird

  • Iroquois are my absolutely favourite American peoples

  • Jesuits are the assassins behind the suffering and deaths of the French Indian Wars.

  • So basically, America and the Brits ruin everything again? Like they did with every single other culture on EARTH?

  • "It gets cold in the winter"
    Laughs in German
    We literally have 40°C (104°F) summers combined with -30°C winters (-22°F).
    All rounded off with rains that can, continously, last longer than three weeks, droughts that can span up to two trimesters, storms with over 120 mph winds and up to baseball sized hail. And that's all within a nation half the size of Texas.
    I can't actually fathom how some stone age people came here and were like "This is a nice place to settle!" – no, it's fucking not!

  • Hilarious how the Europeans considered these people savages and they basically abolished war and set up working communist utopias

  • Everything changed when the British Nation attacked…

  • How "bothersome" were the French and Spanish to the Native peoples of the lands that were Florida, the Louisiana purchase and the western part of what became the US? I almost forgot the Russians and their holdings in the area that comprised Alaska.

  • You should do a similar video on the Comanche Empire. I recently read "Empire of the Summer Moon", and it was a great breakdown of how the horse lords of the southern plains rose, fell, and I reacted with the westward expansion of Mexico, Texas, and the US.

  • I'm not sure it's fair to call the treatment of the 13 Colonies by the British administration oppressive. If anything it was neglectful.

  • (starts humming the 'Last of the Mohicans' theme)

  • 5:26 NO, the bill did not say that. It said that the Constitution was influenced by the Iroquois Confederacy. Not directly modeled, influenced.
    https://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/100/hconres331/text
    True, the Iroquois were an amazing civilization – for sure one of the most underrated in history classrooms. But we have to be careful not to let our biases affect our reporting of history.
    There is still lots of debate about the influence the Iroquois had on the Constitution, and it's kind of irresponsible to make unsubstantiated claims just because it makes us feel good.

  • 😭😭😭😭😭😭

  • Yea, not buying it. They kept them upstairs?!?!

    No.

    No!

    NO!!!

  • The United States was not founded on the principles of the Iroquois. That was not a nation that Thomas Jefferson John Adams and others considered when forming this country. It is founded off of the Hebrew Bible, Jewish law and Viking democracy, as well as failed governments from the past and the Roman Republic

  • Anyone who visits Liverpool NY or Syracuse NY can get an amazing wealth of knowledge on this subject… I grew up there

  • The story of how the 5 regions were united reminds me of Avatar: The Last Airbender but in reverse.
    And then everything changed when…one guy said"hey guys lets stop fighting"

  • I still remember back in Freshman year of high school during my Ancient World History class. We had been given an assignment to pick a culture from history, do research, and determine whether or not they counted as a civilization/society (I forget the exact criteria but I remember a written language was one of them). I concluded that the Iroquois definitely counted, my teacher disagreed. Still think to this day that he was in the wrong on that one.

  • "so what did you guys do to solve fights?"

    Iroqouis: "stuck em in a field and had them play lacrosse for a few days"

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