Despite the fact that the early explorers from Europe called the Native Americans, "savages," the Iroquois were perhaps more civilized than the people from Europe. The Native Americans had all they needed from the land, forest, rivers, lakes and ocean to survive. However, they lacked technology and a reading ability. These deficiencies made the Europeans feel superior.
During this comparative study of government and culture, we will be asking ourselves who really was superior? H-m-m-m-?
The Iroquois bathed daily. This kept germs, flies and smells away. The animals they hunted couldn't hear nor smell them coming. They successfully could kill animals at close range. The Europeans bathed only (phew) twice a year, dressed in heavy wool, layers of clothing, and armor. Their weapons were noisy and not too accurate. The animals could hear and smell their arrival in the forest.
The Iroquois League was developed to stop fighting amongst themselves and create a government for the clans. They guaranteed:
If you noted many similarities between The Iroquois League Constitution and our own United States Constitution, you are very intelligent. You see, although the one hundred seven laws were memorized and only recited orally by special people, a Jesuit Missionary priest wrote down these laws because he was so impressed by the Iroquois' organization. Ben Franklin, James Madison and Thomas Jefferson had read these words, and based our Constitution on the Iroquois League. H-m-m-m? Were the Iroquois savages?
D2 Rubric for Iroquois Project
Studentís name: ___________________________
You will be graded using the following rubric. Use the rubric below to grade yourself before you turn in your project. Please remember what we discussed in class. This is your project, not your parentsí project. Plan your time well and donít do things last minute.