National Geographic : 1937 Nov
© National Geographic Society rainting oy vv. iangaon Winn "MY CHILDREN, I ADVISE AGAINST WAR; LET US ACCEPT OUR ENEMY'S PEACE OFFERING, WHICH IHOLD IN MY HAND" Thus might the stately old chief address the war council of the Iroquois, where tribal representatives in regalia gather before the council fire. Fiercer individuals, like the brave seated in the center, could be counted on to present eloquent demands for war.One woman has brought her baby tothe meeting (Plate VIII). The Iroquois Confederacy, a union of five tribes, was a representative government similar tothat later adopted bythe American colonists. There is reason to believe that the framers of our Constitution were inspired in some degree by the League ofthe Five Nations.