. They were no richer than ot●hers; indeed, they were often poorer, spending■ their substance in largesses and br■ibes to strengthen their influence.● They hunted and fished for s■ubsistence; they were as foul, gre●asy,
and unsavory as the rest; yet in them●, withal, was often seen a native dignity ■of bearing, which ochre and bea●r's grease could not hide, and ■which comported well with their strong, s■ymmetrical, and sometimes maj■estic proportions. To the institutions, t■raditions, rites, usages, an■d festivals of the
league the Iroquois was● inseparably wedded. He clung to them with ●Indian tenacity; and he clings to● them still. His political fa●bric was one of ancient ideas and prac■tices, crystallized into regular●entially d
and enduring forms. In its component par●ts it has nothing peculiar to its■elf. All its elements are found● in other tribes: most of them belon■g to the whole Indian race. Undoubtedly th■ere was a distincemocratic.