Haudenosaunee

by: holly

he haudenosaunee (Iroquois) group was made up of 6 different First Nations. The Mohawk, Oneida, Onondaga, Cayuga, Seneca, and Tuscarora. At different times they lived in different places. They lived either south or north of the St.Lawrence river

The haudenosaunee had their own personal values. These values formed their own world views. These values included group thinking about future generations, decisions made from consensus, and equality for their clans.

heir meals consisted of corn, beans, squash and meat. They called these three main crops the three sisters. They planted these three crops near each other so that they could help each other grow. The corn stalks supported the growth of the beans the squash discouraged weeds from crowding the beans. The big squash leaves also kept the soil moist for healthy growth. If they ate the three sisters together they would have a well balanced diet.

the haudenosaunee lived together with eachother in longhouses. they were 60 - 100 feet long. they held 30 - 60 people in average. they were made from flexible pole which were bent and tied together. the base was then covered by cedar bark to make a roof.

the women made moccasins for the men when they went to war. this was the art they would do. they moccasins were made of leather. they shoes were decorated with beads.

the society of the haudenosaunee was a matrilineal society. matrilineal society means that the head of the clan was a female. she was called the clan mother. when somebody got married the husband would move into his wife's longhouse. the children and women living in the same longhouse were part of the same clan. the women owned all the possessions in the house. each clan had their own animal symbol. clan members were all part of the same family. this means they would have to get married to somebody from a different clan.

Most Iroquois people in canada speak cherokee.

women had many responsibilities that made them equal to men in society. these responsibilities were things such as: giving birth, deciding the location of new villages, teaching children, what crops to plant and where to plant them, if the men should go to war or make peace, and if they accept immigrants.

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