Iroquois History and Legends
A page to learn & explore the rich history of the Six Nations of the Haudenosaunee or The Iroquois Confederacy. Check out the Iroquois History and Legends Podcast!
info_outline 56 I Am Rochester - With Garrett Wendt 11/13/2019
56 I Am Rochester - With Garrett Wendt This week Director Garrett Wendt joins the show to discuss his upcoming documentary. We talk about what inspired him to undertake this massive project. We touch on the Haudenosaunee influence on the Women's Rights movement, as well as learn about abolitionists Charle Finney and Fredrick Douglas.
info_outline 55 The War of 1812 | Part 3 | Division and Reunification 11/08/2019
55 The War of 1812 | Part 3 | Division and Reunification Tecumseh is in the fight for his life at the Battle of the Thames. Meanwhile, bloody conflicts continue on both sides of the Niagara River. Can the Confederacy survive another Civil War?
info_outline 54 The War of 1812 | Part 2 | Queenston Heights 12/22/2018
54 The War of 1812 | Part 2 | Queenston Heights In the fall of 1812 thousands of American forces gathered on the Niagara River to attack Upper Canada. But 80 Members of the Six Nations of Grand River made sure that the invaders didn't get very far.
info_outline 53 The War of 1812 | Part 1 | Tecumseh & John Norton 10/07/2018
53 The War of 1812 | Part 1 | Tecumseh & John Norton In this episode we give the background on how the native peoples of the American Continent dealt with the Euro-Americans during the first decade of the 19th Century. New leaders will rise. John Norton, a Scottish-Cherokee who became a Mohawk and Tecumseh a Shawnee leader who had a vision to unite all tribes together to save their people from extinction.
info_outline Haudenosaunee Thanksgiving 10/06/2018
Haudenosaunee Thanksgiving There is no single day that is Thanksgiving in Haudenosaunee society. Instead it is a lifestyle that needs to be put into practice on a daily basis. In this short supplemental we cover a traditional Mohawk prayer of Thanksgiving that is recited at gatherings and celebrations.
info_outline 52 Handsome Lake 07/24/2018
52 Handsome Lake In 1799 a Seneca man lay on his death bed. But remarkably he recovered very quickly. Then he began sharing with others that he thought that the Great Spirit had visited him. For the rest of his life Handsome Lake would begin a religious revival amongst his people.
info_outline 51 Cornplanter 07/19/2018
51 Cornplanter This time we will be doing a short biography on the life of Cornplanter the Seneca General. He went from feared enemy of the United States to a powerful diplomat working with President Washington to ensure peace and friendship between their two peoples.
info_outline 50 The Life of Red Jacket Part II 06/28/2018
50 The Life of Red Jacket Part II After the Treaty of Big Tree Red Jacket takes a very anti-Christian and anti-American world view. His later life is marked by triumphs in defending his nation and personal tragedy. In his final years his views on Christianity begin to change. Listen for the conclusion of this two part series and see how he saved the Seneca homeland from complete liquidation.
info_outline 49 The Life of Red Jacket Part I 06/27/2018
49 The Life of Red Jacket Part I Otetiani, also called Sagoyewatha was born into the Wolf Clan in the Seneca Nation around 1750. His remarkable 80 years was filled with on goal. To always advocate on behalf of his people. This is part one in a two part series.
info_outline 48 Canandaigua 05/23/2018
48 Canandaigua The 1794 Treaty of Canandaigua is one of the most important treaties in the history of the Haudenosaunee. It guarantees the rights of sovereignty for the Six Nations. It is an agreement that has faced numerous violations throughout it's 220+ year existence. However, it is still one of the oldest unbroken agreements in United States history.
info_outline 47 The Northwest Indian War 1785-1795 03/22/2018
47 The Northwest Indian War 1785-1795 Following the American Revolution dozens of Indigenous Nations are left to fend for themselves as British support evaporated. But from 1791 to 1792 the Ohio peoples would win battle after battle and not just win in those conflicts but wipeout entire American Armies.
info_outline 46 Simon Girty the White Savage 03/15/2018
46 Simon Girty the White Savage Simon Girty was a man larger than life. To Americans he was a vile traitor who killed the innocent with his savage friends. To the British he was a rough drunk but a useful tool. To the Iroquois and other Ohio Nations he was a prodigal son who was raised as a Brave and then returned to fight for his adopted people's freedom.
info_outline L06 Turtle Goes to War / Weasel and Owl 02/18/2018
L06 Turtle Goes to War / Weasel and Owl After numerous requests we are back with two more Haudenosaunee animal tales. In the first Turtle leads a war party of misfit animals against Huk-sah, the Jungie. In the second Brown Owl and Weasel are featured in a dark story of revenge kindercide.
info_outline 43 The American Revolution VIII: The Sullivan Expedition 01/08/2018
43 The American Revolution VIII: The Sullivan Expedition General Washington gave command to John Sullivan in 1779 to outfit and lead an expedition into the Seneca-Cayuga homeland. It will be a scorched earth campaign that will leave almost the entire population of both the Seneca and Cayuga Nations homeless.
info_outline 42 The American Revolution VII: Drums Along the Mohawk 12/24/2017
42 The American Revolution VII: Drums Along the Mohawk Spies are everywhere in 1778 on both sides of the conflict. Joseph Brant leads Iroquois forces against Patriot settlements throughout Upstate New York. Conversely American and Oneida soldiers launch counter attacks against Brant's supporting towns in Iroquoia.
info_outline 41 The American Revolution VI: Valley Forge 11/29/2017
41 The American Revolution VI: Valley Forge Forty-one members of the Oneida Nation traveled to Valley Forge, PA in 1778. General Washington greeted each individual in person and warmly. The warriors went on to assist the Marquis de Lafayette at the Battle of Barren Hill & Polly Cooper an Oneida woman brings her experience as a cook and healer to the needy Continental Army.
info_outline 40 The American Revolution V: Saratoga 11/06/2017
40 The American Revolution V: Saratoga Following the American-Oneida victory at Fort Stanwix rifts grow deeper within the Six Nations. Over three-hundred members of the Haudenosaunee gather at Albany for a Conference. Just as it finishes however word arrives that Burgoyne's British army has crossed the Hudson River at Saratoga.
info_outline 39 The American Revolution IV: Fort Stanwix and Oriskany 10/12/2017
39 The American Revolution IV: Fort Stanwix and Oriskany British General Barry St. Ledger begins the siege of Fort Stanwix August 3, 1777. American General Herkimer is on his way to help. Joining him are a group of Oneida led by Two-Kettles-Together (Tyonajanegen) and her husband Han Yerry (Tewahangarahken).
info_outline 38 The American Revolution III: Ticonderoga 10/12/2017
38 The American Revolution III: Ticonderoga General John Burgoyne and Barry St. Ledger prepare to invade modern New York State from two different directions. Burgoyne will attack Fort Ticonderoga on Lake Champlain while St. Ledger and Joseph Brant strike the Americans at Fort Stanwix in the heart of Iroquoia.
info_outline 37 The American Revolution II: Choosing Sides 10/04/2017
37 The American Revolution II: Choosing Sides With War in North America again imminent how will this Six Nations decide which side to take. This week we look at Akiatonharonkwen (Joseph Lewis Cook), Thayendanegea (Joseph Brant) and Guyasuta and how they dealt with the gathering storm
info_outline 36 The American Revolution I: Founding Grandfathers 09/20/2017
36 The American Revolution I: Founding Grandfathers We begin our series on the American Revolution. We discuss some of the influences the Six Nations had on the Founding Fathers were leading up to 1776. Also we say goodbye to Sir William Johnson and see the rise of two Mohawk siblings known as Joseph and Molly Brant.
info_outline 34 Benjamin Franklin Laments 08/08/2017
34 Benjamin Franklin Laments In 1763 a group of miscreants known as "The Paxton Boys" led raids into Lancaster. They murdered and mutilated an entire community of Iroquois Conestoga people. Men, women and children. A month later Benjamin Franklin wrote a lengthy article in which he chides the murders & also Pennsylvania as a whole for letting their apathy allow this horrible event. Andrew will read excerpts from Franklin's article.
info_outline 33 Guyasuta and Pontiac's War 08/05/2017
33 Guyasuta and Pontiac's War As colonists begin pouring into the west in violation to the Treaty of Easton, a Seneca man named Guyasuta will try to resist these encroachments. A prophet named Neolin will inspire a panindigenous revival which in turn inspires an Ottawa man named Obwandiyag to drive out the British from the Great Lakes. The British however called him Pontiac.
info_outline BONUS - The Last of the Mohicans - Film Review with Steve Guerra 07/19/2017
BONUS - The Last of the Mohicans - Film Review with Steve Guerra Today we have a very special extended episode. The first of its kind we have Steve Guerra from Beyond the Big Screen Podcast and The History of the Papacy Podcast. We join him in discussing the 1992 film "The Last of the Mohicans". We discuss context and historical accuracy. We hope you enjoy. And please listen to Steve's other shows. Links are provided below.