egalitarianism & Hodenausaunee

Jana Fortier (fortier@STUDENTS.WISC.EDU)
Tue, 30 Jan 1996 12:18:17 -0600

Hodenausaunee or League of the Iroquois are usually considered a
horticultural based society. They are not egalitarian in clan relations nor
in gender relations. E. Leacock's discussion was usually about the
matrifocality of the Hodenausaunee, or at least some of them. It concerned
their relative egalitarian relations b/n male & female. They are not an
egalitarian society in modern anthropological sense. In morgan's time, our
modern definition of egalitarian was not constructed. no one today should
call the Hodenausaunee in past or present cultural circumstances
"egalitarian", at least by our anthropological standards.

sorry to sound so authoritative but just gotta write a quick email.

> However, the
>egalitarianism of the League of the Iroquois has been asserted by many
>anthropologists, beginning with Lewis Henry Morgan. Ruby Rohrlich