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Papers on Historical Algonquian and
Iroquois Topics: Second Edition

by David A. Ezzo

Papers on Historical Algonquian and Iroquois Topics: Second Edition is a book that compiles the research results by David A. Ezzo and Michael H. Moskowitz on several aspects of Algonquin tribal peoples such as the Delaware, the Wabanaki, the Montagnais, and the Shawnee, as well as the Iroquois.

The authors demonstrate the society, customs, and interactions of the Native American peoples throughout several accounts, registers, and passages from as early as the 16th century. The compilation is rich in accurate details and imagery, serving as a perfect introduction and guide to anyone who wants to learn more about America’s roots. Professors Ezzo and Moskowitz also supply the reader with a vast number of bibliographical references that support their findings, so the reader can know that the information they provide is factual and peer-proven.

Such an approach also works as a great starting point for those interested in diving deeper into the topics they discuss in the book.

The topics include a fascinating and novel contemporary report on the status and roles of women in the tribes, which paints a broader scope of their relevance in the peoples other than just in domestic activities. The authors prove in their research that the native women were often active actors in positions of power such as agricultural, supernatural, and even in trade. Other remarkable subjects are the participation of Native Americans in the Civil War, the rush for Indian land and the subsequent social struggles between settlers and natives, and the influence of the Shawnee prophet and Handsome Lake and their movements of Nativistic revitalization against the aggressive effects of territorial expansion between late 18th and early 19th centuries.

A wealth of knowledge permeates Papers on Historical Algonquian and Iroquois Topics: Second Edition by Ezzo and Moskowitz, a definitive book for those who want to learn more about the Native American Indians and the marks they have crafted into America’s foundations.

– The Moving Words Review

Official Entry: The Most Moving Book Award, Jan. 2, 2023

Visit the author’s website: https://davidezzo.com/

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