Thursday, May 14, 2015

Madam Sacho: How One Iroquois Woman Survived the American Revolution

May/June 2015.
Sarah M.S. Pearsall, of the NEH's Humanities magazine, has written a moving and informative article about the history of the American Revolution and the policies
toward the Haudenosaunee or Six Nations (Iroquois).

"The image of the disappearing Indian is one that has filled many American narratives, as historian Jean O’Brien has argued. The land of the Six Nations was not in fact a ghost land, but as the Haudenosaunee had little to which to return, many did indeed flee to Fort Niagara. Rehearsing an American takeover of the land of the Six Nations, with the easily vanquished Sacho the only Indian left, allowed Anglo-Americans actually to take it over. Yet the people of this great League did not disappear. Modern Haudenosaunee people live on a range of reservations in the United States and Canada, as well as in many other places, and still have treaties with the U.S. Even in the face of systematic violence, the Haudenosaunee people survived. Narratives about both the violence, and the ability to resist it, can and should be part of our accounts of American history."

To read the full articleclick here.

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