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The Tenderness of Wolves

A Novel

by Stef Penney

The Tenderness of Wolves
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    Jul 2007, 384 pages
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    Mar 2008, 384 pages

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One plot thread of The Tenderness of Wolves involves an artifact that may or may not have belonged to the Five Nations.

The Five Nations, collectively known to themselves as the Haudenosaunee (People of the Long House), but better known today by the derogatory term given to them by white settlers, Iroquois meaning rattlesnake, are a group of Native American tribes consisting of the Seneca (People of the Great Hill), Cayuga (People of the Great Swamp), Onondaga (People of the Hills), Mohawk (People of the Flint) and Oneida (People of Upright Stone). 

It is said that these five tribes formed a Union of Nations well before European ...

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