The Collective Logic of Life Among First Nations September 17 2012
Katarokwi– The original settlement of the Iroquois, which is now Kingston –
Colonization of the past – Lives on through present day – Lives on through the
naming of shopping malls (Cataraqui). Expands even to cars (Jeep Cherokee/ Dodge
Naming things premodern names gives us relief from our complicated and
Historians are studying First Nations because it is extremely relevant in
Historiography: Why are historians studying what they are? How does relate to
At the beginning of the 15 century the first nations had a population of 100 million.
They controlled all exports to Europeans.
Military was stronger and could cast off the Europeans if saw fit
First nations are no longer viewed as noble savages
Now viewed as capable intelligent beings
Only a few would discount the capabilities of the First Nations
1604: New France
125,000 Indians in the “immediate vicinity” of New France
First Nations spoke 12 major dialects (astonishing to the Euros)
There are many groups of Aboriginals: Generalization is impossible. Except for the
social formation structure under which they operate. The central idea of the Kin
Ordered Social Formation was collectivity.
The Kin-Ordered is on the next page.
Economic System: The way you worked – what you farm, how much is all
determined by the kinship. It was based on collective needs, not by profit. Large
fields of wheat belonged to the people