snail face from The Iroquois Constitution


Translated by Arthur C. Parker
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1.TheIroquois constitution

"The Iroquois Constitution" was first thought to have been written in the 1500's, but now it is thought to be between 1090 and 1150 A.D. It is about the Five Nations that formed the Iroquois Confederation and what they should and should not do. The time that this was written affects the literary style by making it a constitution. It lists the laws in which the Five Nations should live by.

2. What is the author's purpose in writing the selected piece?

The author’s purpose in writing this constitution is to set some laws for the tribes that were part of the Iroquois Confederation to live by.

3. What literary techniques does the author employ in achieving his or her purpose?

The author uses imagery to help the reader picture what the author is describing. When the author is talking about the “Tree of the Great Peace,” you can picture it in your head. The author also uses symbolism. For example, the roots of that tree symbolized peace and strength.

4. How is the literature characteristic of the time period?

The literature is characteristic of the time period because it talks about what the Iroquois Confederation felt was right and wrong at that time. It shows what they felt was important to live by. It also shows that the Iroquois Confederation consisted of the Five Nations. The Five Nations included the Mohawk, Oneida, Onondaga, Cayuga, and Seneca tribes.


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Section 1
1. The Earth on Turtle's Back 2. When Grizzlies Walked Upright 3. from The Navajo Origin Legend 4. from The Iroquois Constitution
Section 2
1. A Journey Through Texas 2. Boulders Taller Than the Great Tower of Seville 3. from The interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano 4. Diamond Island: Alcatraz
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