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A Clan Mother's Call
Reconstructing Haudenosaunee Cultural Memory
A Clan Mother's Call
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Jeanette Rodriguez - Author
Iakoiane Wakerahkats:teh - with the collaboration of
SUNY series in Critical Haudenosaunee Studies
Price: $75.00 
Hardcover - 128 pages
Release Date: September 2017
ISBN10: N/A
ISBN13: 978-1-4384-6623-1

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Addresses the importance of Haudenosaunee women in the rebuilding of the Iroquois nation.

Indigenous communities around the world are gathering to both reclaim and share their ancestral wisdom. Aware of and drawing from these social movements, A Clan Mother’s Call articulates Haudenosaunee women’s worldview that honors women, clanship, and the earth. Over successive generations, First Nation people around the globe have experienced and survived trauma and colonization. Extensive literature documents these assaults, but few record their resilience. This book fulfills an urgent and unmet need for First Nation women to share their historical and cultural memory as a people. It is a need invoked and proclaimed by Clan Mother, Iakoiane Wakerahkats:teh, of the Mohawk Nation. Utilizing ethnographic methods of participatory observation, interviewing and recording oral history, the book is an important and useful resource for capturing “living” histories. It strengthens the cultural bridge and understanding of the Haudenosaunee people within the United States and Canada.

Jeanette Rodriguez is Professor of Theology and Religious Studies at Seattle University. She is the coauthor (with Ted Fortier) of Cultural Memory: Resistance, Faith, and Identity. Iakoiane Wakerahkats:teh is Condoled Bear Clan Mother of the Kanien’kehá:ka Nation.


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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction: The Call of the Earth Mother

1. Setting the Context

2. The Epoch of Sky Woman
The Creation Story
Sustaining Creation (The Three Sisters)

3. Clans and the Epoch of the League
Haudenosaunee Clans
How a Clan Mother Came to Be

4. Crossover Ceremonies
Life Stages
Healing through Ceremony
The Crossover Ritual for Young Women
The Crossover Ritual for Young Men

5. Indigenous Strategies in the Global Arena
Our Oldest Home

Conclusion

Appendix 1: Letter to Jeanette Rodriguez from Wakerahkats:teh, Bear Clan Matron
Appendix 2: Tasks and Responsibilities of a Clan Mother

Notes
Works Cited
About the Authors
Index


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