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Teaching How the Haudenosaunee Confederacy Influenced Democracy

How the Haudenosaunee Confederacy Influenced Democracy

Look on the back of a one-dollar bill, and you will find the Great Seal of the United States. It reveals the Founding Fathers’ respect for the Haudenosaunee Confederacy. Just as a bald eagle sits as a look out atop the Haudenosaunee Tree of Peace, a bald eagle appears on the US bill. The concept of a cluster of arrows representing a strong union of individuals also originated with the Haudenosaunee. Seeking unity among the original Five Nations, the Peacemaker demonstrated how a single arrow was easily broken but many arrows bound together were not. The Haudenosaunee example of how unity could work influenced various American colonists who got to know them.

Joan Hunt
Cricket Media


How did the the Haudenosaunee Confederacy influence the development of the US government?


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