Paul Wallace,
White Roots of Peace: The Iroquois Book of Life
(1946; Clear Light, 1994)

White Roots of Peace is a republication of the January 1946 original edition, which has been called "brilliantly insightful in its rendition of elements of Haudenosaunee culture during the 17th century."

This is the story of how one man united the five warring Iroquois nations -- Mohawks, Senecas, Oneidas, Cayugas and Onandagas -- into a single confederacy. Deganawidah, The Peacemaker, became the greatest of all spiritual leaders of the Iroquois and his bloodline has remained in power within the Iroquois Confederacy to modern times. At the time of this publication, Chief Hill, one of his descendants, was the Tadodaho, the temporal and spiritual leader of the Confederacy.

With Hiawatha serving as his spokesman, The Peacemaker journeyed to the different nations to deliver his message of peace and unity of all beings. He delivered peace hymns and gave the people the Tree of Peace. He encountered a cannibalistic wizard and a warrior-feeding woman. Both reform and the woman became Jigonhsasee (New Face), the Mother of Nations.

This edition adds the customary commentary elements of a book: a foreword by Chief Leon Shenandoah, a message by Chief Sidney I. Hill and an epilogue by John Mohawk. Mohawk's epilogue contains 39 pages and brings us up to date on the events following this book. He describes the problems encountered because the white governments have declared the Iroquois Confederacy was dissolved during the American Revolution. This has been a plague to the natives that continued into modern times. He briefly discusses the various treaties and legal actions.

This is a great story. It is one of the best of the historical types on the market. It goes by fast and you will be on the last page in no time, which is somewhat sad. Why does time fly when you have a great book? This is one that you will not put down -- you cannot put down. It mesmerizes. It also delivers a critically needed message in our current age.

I wish I could give everyone a copy of White Roots of Peace. This book could change the world if people would simply read it and adhere to the teachings of The Peacemaker.

review by
Alicia Karen Elkins

18 October 2008

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