Critique [of Women, Religion, and Peace in an American Indian Ritual by Kristin Herzog]

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7, Vol: 7, Issue: 0, Page: 32-33

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Carpenter, Linda Jean
Critique; Women; Religion; and Peace; Race and Ethnicity
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Herzog's article is organized around three threads which she proposes as useful for strengthening the fabric of contemporary U.S. society. The three threads, teased from an exploration of a portion of the Dekanawida-Hayonwatha stories (narrative and ritual of the Haudenosaunee) are: 1. the high status of women in Haudenosaunee society 2. the understanding of statecraft as a sacred responsibility toward all creation 3. peace as justice and wholeness in the social order. The threads found in stories dating back to about the 15th century provide a view of beliefs denominated by the Haudenosaunee society as being praiseworthy and of good report.