A Collaborative Group Presentation between Freida Jacques and Sally Roesch Wagner
Freida Jacques describes the world she inhabits as a Haudenosaunee woman, a member of the six nations of the Iroquois confederacy. The democratic governmental system, established long before Columbus and based on peace, provides equality for everyone with a balance of responsibilities between women and men based on a matrilineal clan system. Gratitude, healing and use of the Good Mind constitute lessons from the Haudenosaunee Culture that provided a model for the Euro-American culture to use in creating a truly democratic, peaceful country. Freida also explores the original instructions that the Haudenosaunee received result in a living in relationship with nature in a sustainable manner, a model that inspired 19th century U.S. reformers.
Sally Roesch Wagner will explore how the woman’s rights movement took form in the territory of the Haudenosaunee where women have always lived with far greater status and authority than in the non-native world. Based on her most recent book, Sisters in Spirit: Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) Influence on Early American Feminists, Dr. Wagner will share her research on how Haudenosaunee women fired the revolutionary vision of early feminists by providing a model of freedom for women at a time when EuroAmerican women experienced few rights.
Together the women explore the impact that Haudenosaunee women, living in absolute equality, had on Euro-American women, who lost all their rights, even their legal existence, when they married. Euro-American women learned from and were inspired by the equal political authority, control of their bodies and property, religious voice, custody of their children, satisfying work, and absence of rape and domestic violence women experienced in Haudenosaunee nations.