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Here and Now "" Patricia Monaghan
Seasonal "" Nancy Vedder-Shults, Ph.D.
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Queer Spirituality "" Rev. Nano Boye Nagle
Women and Art "" Sarah Bebhinn
Priestess of Cloth "" Denise Martine

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Wise Woman Tradition "" Susun Weed
Goddess-Health "" Karin Witzig

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Essay "" Donna Henes

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...Iroquois politics were the most sophisticated in all of the North-American Native cultures; the Seneca, with the exception of one tribe (The Tonawanda), [had] adopted a democratic form of government after years of questionable leadership by Chiefs who had come into their positions out of lineage rather than virtue. The Seneca women were in charge of elections, and decided who was to become tribal leader. Leaders usually held their posts for life, but could be removed if they became corrupt or proved to be incompetent; the Seneca political system also included a constitution, which is believed to have been the model for the American constitution."

MatriFocus Cross-Quarterly is a seasonal ezine for Goddess Women and others interested in Goddess Lore and Scholarship, Goddess Religion (ancient and contemporary), Feminist Spirituality, Women's Mysteries, Neopaganism, Paganism, Earth-based Religions, Witchcraft, Dianic Wicca and other Wiccan Traditions, the Priestess Path, Goddess Art, Women's Culture, Women's Health, Natural Healing, Mythology, Female Shamanism, Consciousness, Community, Cosmology, and Women's Creativity.

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