PEOPLE OF THE LONGHOUSE: HOW THE IROQUOIAN TRIBES LIVED
Julian Ridington and Robin Ridington.
Volume 11 Number 2.
People of the Longhouse would serve as an excellent resource in a study of the Iroquoian Indians in Canada. It is clearly-written, concise, and the print information is well-supplemented by illustrations. The illustrations are pencil sketches, expertly done by Ian Bateson.
The authors have dealt with all aspects of the Iroquoian way of life: the land, people, family life, village life, social and political structure, farming methods, food, clothing, religious beliefs, trade, warring ways, and the impact of the European settlers on the Iroquoian tribes. The Iroquoian people have had much impact on the early settlement of the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence area in Canada. It was they who cleared much of the forested land and developed it for farming. The Iroquois were known as "Indian farmers." They developed an exchange and barter system, invented games like lacrosse, and had laws and a constitution.
The authors have researched their material well and have co-ordinated illustrations and information carefully. Jillian Ridington has taught native studies and works as a freelance researcher, writer, and broadcaster. Robin Ridington teaches anthropology at the University of British Columbia. The type is fairly large and easily read, as well as being attractively laid out on the pages.
The Ridingtons have also written People of the Trail,* another of the seven books in the How They Lived in Canada series. Highly recommended.
*Reviewed vol. VII/2 Spring 1979 p.84.
Jeff Lawrence, Dinsmore P. S., Dinsmore, SK.
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