Shimony, Annemarie. Conservatism among the Iroquois at the Six Nations Reserve

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A Statement Of The Problem

A Survey Of The Conservative Population

The Problem Of Conservatism

Social Organization


The Units Of Social Organization

The Nuclear Family Citizenship



The Extended Family, Lineage, And Clan Interrelations Between The Extended Family, Lineage, And Clan

The Changing Functions Of The Clan

Longhouse Membership And Organization

Longhouse Autonomy

Longhouse Composition Lineal And Residential Affiliation

Multiple Affiliation And The “home” Longhouse

Tribal Groups And Longhouse Affiliation

The Commitments Of Longhouse Membership

Longhouse Organization Moiety Division

Clan Inventory

Organization Of The Individual Longhouses

Relationship As A Principle Of Organization

Longhouse Functionaries

Deacons Introduction

Functions Of The Deacons

Selection Of Deacons

Installation And Deposition Of Deacons

Selection Of Head Deacons



The Hereditary Chiefs

Recent Political History

Chiefs And The Longhouse

The Chiefs At Six Nations Today Records Of The Roll Call

The Mohawk Titles 6

The Oneida Titles

The Onondaga Titles

The Cayuga Titles

The Seneca Titles

Moiety Division Of The League

Installation And Meetings Of The Chiefs

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Longhouse Ceremonials

The Longhouse As A Conservative Institution Survival Of The Rituals

The Longhouse In The Life Of The Individual

The Thanksgiving Address

Rituals Of The Agricultural Calendar The General Conception Of The Calendric Rituals

Bush Dance

Maple Dance

False Face Ceremony

Seed Planting Ceremony

Moon And Sun Ceremony

Corn Sprouting Ceremony

Stra Wberry Ceremony

Raspberry Ceremony

Green Bean Ceremony

Thunder Ceremony

Corn Testing Ceremony

Green Corn Dance

Our Life Supporters Ceremony

Harvest Ceremony

Midwinter Ceremony

The Good Message In The Longhouse


Chiefs' Conventions

Six Nations Conventions

The Conservative Influence Of Gaihwi[unknown] Yo

The Orthodox Life Cycle


Birth And Early Childhood Birth And Pregnancy

Birth Control

Early Training


Later Childhood

Puberty And Menstruation

Ritual Friendship


Death Conceptions Of Death

The Community Dead Feast

Death Of A Common Member

Tutelo Ceremonies

The Death Of A Chief

Medicine And Witchcraft


Indian Medicine

White Man's Medicine


Doings The General Pattern

Adaptations Of Longhouse Events


Individual Dead Feasts

Medicine Societies

Hunting Charms And Witchcraft


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Author: Author's name as listed in Library of Congress records

Title: Conservatism among the Iroquois at the Six Nations Reserve

Published By: Original publisher New Haven, Conn.: Department of Anthropology, Yale University. 1961. 302 p. ill., maps

By line: Author's name as appearing in the actual publication Annemarie Shimony

HRAF Publication Information: New Haven, Conn.: Human Relations Area Files, 1996. Computer File

Culture: Culture name from the Outline of World Cultures (OWC) with the alphanumberic OWC identifier in parenthesis. Iroquois (NM09)

Subjects: Document-level OCM identifiers given by the anthropology subject indexers at HRAF Moieties (616); Deliberative councils (646); Magical and mental therapy (755); Shamans and psychotherapists (756); Congregations (794); Organized ceremonial (796);

Abstract: Brief abstract written by HRAF anthropologists who have done the subject indexing for the document This study is concerned with how Iroquois culture is maintained at the Six Nations Reserve in Ontario, Canada, despite intense acculturative pressure. Iroquois conservatism is the central theme of this study, and Shimony focuses on the traditional Longhouse community and presents a comprehensive description of the structure of the society and the content of the culture, with particular emphasis on social and political organization, medicine, and curing rites.

Document Number: HRAF's in-house numbering system derived from the processing order of documents 65

Document ID: HRAF's unique document identifier. The first part is the OWC identifier and the second part is the document number in three digits. nm09-065

Document Type: May include journal articles, essays, collections of essays, monographs or chapters/parts of monographs. Monograph

Language: Language that the document is written in English

Note: Originally published as the author's Ph.D. thesis, Yale University, 1958 Includes bibliographical references (p. 293-302)

Field Date: The date the researcher conducted the fieldwork or archival research that produced the document 1953-1958, 1960 (p. 3)

Evaluation: In this alphanumeric code, the first part designates the type of person writing the document, e.g. Ethnographer, Missionary, Archaeologist, Folklorist, Linguist, Indigene, and so on. The second part is a ranking done by HRAF anthropologists based on the strength of the source material on a scale of 1 to 5, as follows: 1 - poor; 2 - fair; 3 - good, useful data, but not uniformly excellent; 4 - excellent secondary data; 5 - excellent primary data Ethnologist-5

Analyst: The HRAF anthropologist who subject indexed the document and prepared other materials for the eHRAF culture/tradition collection. John Beierle ; 1994

Coverage Date: The date or dates that the information in the document pertains to (often not the same as the field date). 1953-1960

Coverage Place: Location of the research culture or tradition (often a smaller unit such as a band, community, or archaeological site) Six Nations Reserve, Ohsweken, Ontario, Canada

LCSH: Library of Congress Subject Headings Iroquois Indians


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