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December 6, 2014

Barbara Mann on Iroquois Oral History in At The Crossroads – Issue Six

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At The Crossroads Issue 6 - Barbara Mann on Iroquois Oral History

Issue Six of At The Crossroads

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In Issue Six of At The Crossroads, Barbara Mann reviews a book of critical interest to feminists who want to learn from the non-patriarchal societies of the past. The Walking People is Paula Underwood’s telling of the oral history of the Iroquois, a history that stretches back well over 100,000 years into the past with one particularly ancient telling recording the people’s reluctant move out of a forest of massive (and mysteriously uprooting) trees onto a grassy plain. Barbara Mann’s review explains how a keeper can accurately remember the important events and learnings of thousands of years. Barbara Mann’s extensive knowledge of Iroquois history, and of the misinterpretations of that history by Western scholars, shine through in her review and she is able to verify and explain many of the events in Paula Underwood’s tellings.(Continued below)

Feature Articles
The Walking People – For Surely That Must Be Our Continuing Name, a review by Barbara Mann
On the Nature of Clan Mothers by Paula Underwood
Mystery in My Blood by Nasira Alma
The Mirror of Evolution: Darwin’s World and Influences by Sara Rajan

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Book Reviews
Shelley Anderson reviews Islam and Democracy: Fear of the Modern World by Fatima Mernissi and Lajja (Shame) by Taslima Nasrin
Anita Shekinah reviews A Woman’s Guide to Spritual Renewal by Nelly Kaufer and Carol Osmer-Newhouse
Jeanne Neath reviews Changing Our Minds: Lesbian Feminsism and Psychology by Celia Kitziner and Rachel Perkins

New Paradigm Science News by Jeanne Neath
Seven experiments (by ordinary people) that could change the world
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New journal on alternative healing
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Barbara Mann on Iroquois Oral History and More in Issue Six

The publication of The Walking People, and Barbara Mann’s review of the book, bring feminists the living history of a people who invented democracy after every elder in their group was killed by a tsunami. Mann tells us that “Just as patriarchy took millenia to evolve, so did a government that respected all viewpoints and included all speakers, regardless of age, race, sex, health, clan of birth, or leggedness (none, two, or four).” The Walking People, and Barbara Mann’s review of it, give us a “memory that allows us a choice.”

Issue Six also contains an article by Paula Underwood, the Keeper who put the Iroquois tellings into print in The Walking People. “On the Nature of Clan Mothers” describes the tasks of the clan mother in traditional Iroquois society and explains how important it is to find a way for those tasks to be done in the societies we now live in.

Also featured in Issue Six is the second article in Sara Rajan’s series critiquing Darwin’s theory of evolution and the role it plays in Western patriarchy. This time Rajan explains “Darwin’s World”, both the realities of the 19th century British Empire and of Darwin’s family of origin. Just what did Darwin’s father have to do with the development of an anti-spiritual science anyway?

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