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Teacher Gazette

No. 3

 The Great Law of Peace
Teaching Strategy

The Iroquois Confederacy was a league of five Indian nations (six after 1722) in the upper New York region. The tribes banded together against invasion and to make collective decisions. Their constitution, called the "Great Law of Peace," was remembered orally and and recorded in English in the 19th centuryIn this lesson, students will discuss the purpose of written constitutions and compare the Great Law of Peace to the U.S. Constitution. More

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The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation 
Wampum was tubular beads of polished quahog (clam) or whelk shells. The beads are usually strung in strands, belts, or sashes by people engaged in Native American diplomacy. 

The belts commemorate treaties, ceremonial pledges, or special occasions. More

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"It would be a strange thing if Six Nations of ignorant savages should be capable of forming a scheme for such an union, and be able to execute it in such a manner as that it has subsisted ages and appears indissoluble; and yet that a like union should be impracticable for ten or a dozen English colonies, to whom it is more necessary and must be more advantageous, and who cannot be supposed to want an equal understanding of their interests...."

Benjamin Franklin 

in a letter to James Parker, 1751

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