By: Whitney Williamson

The Iroquois


The Iroquois were one of the most important N
The Chief talking to the villagers
The Chief talking to the villagers
ative American tribes from the Atlantic World. The Iroquois were a tribe of intelligent, hardworking Native Americans that have superior skills, an agreed upon religion, and a great military. They were one of the best fighters against other military forces because even though they didn't have as many people as other forces, they had smart strategies, good weapons and great teamwork. There were 5 different tribes that made up the Iroquois; the Mohawk, the Oneida, Onondaga, Cayuga, and the Seneca. They all learned to bo
nd together to fight against their enemies.


The Iroquois were the most important Native American tribe because of their superior hunting, farming, and fighting skills.The five different nations that made up the Iroquois all came together to fight enemies and try and make their villages better and more organized. Even with an army of less than 20,000, the Iroquois fought it out with different military forces and won very important battles like the “Battle of Long Sault.” Also, most villages had large farm lands. They had festivals every year celebrating about how many crops they had grown that past year and how grateful they were. Usually, the women would harvest the crops and the men usually hunted for their own family. They usually hunted more than enough food so there was enough food to make it last throughout the village at the best of times.

The Iroquois moved their location a lot from 1400-1800 CE for reasons like; warm weather, stable land, and fertile soil land. The Iroquois first started out in north-eastern North America in 1000 CE. They moved there because of the warm weather to plant crops. Then they probably moved forward up the Susquehanna River for fertile soil and stable land.

The Iroquois had a special religion that everybody in the village loved. The Iroquois believed in spirits and each year they had 6 different festivals to give thanks to the spirits for food, clothes, health, and happiness. The festivals were the New Year Festival in the winter, the Maple Festival in the spring, the Corn Planting Festival, the Strawberry Festival, the Green Corn Festival, and the Harvest Festival of Thanksgiving. The False Face Society was one of the most religious ceremonies in the Iroquois life. It was used to scare evil spirits away that caused sickness and death. They performed the ceremony by carving masks out of one of the most spiritual trees and then you dance and sing religious songs.

The daily life of the Iroquois people mostly consisted of a few activities; farming, hunting, making clothes, fighting, and cooking. The three main things the villagers did throughout the day were to hunt, cook, and work in the field. The women always had the most power in the house. They cooked what their village hunters could find and they worked in the field and they took care of family members. On the other hand, the men hunted all day long to support his family or village. As for clothing, they usually put feathers in their hair, and wore skirts, leggings and pants. The women usually made these items. As for fighting, the Iroquois had a very strong army of warriors. They came out victorious almost every time they fought.

As one of the most important Native American tribes, they were the largest, best farmers, and warriors in history. Even with a small army of warriors, the Iroquois fought so hard that some just died of exhaustion. Also, they had the largest amount of people working in the fields, cooking, and doing other activities. They were the proven best farmers in all of the Native Americans history because they worked 24-7 in the fields. Also, they knew where to find the best land for farming so they knew what soil was good for the crops. Fighting was important to the Iroquois because that is how they kept there freedom for such a long time.


The Iroquois Flag
The Iroquois Flag



Fun Fact- The Iroquois Theater was a place where many people
went to see plays. On December 30, the "ghost" of the theater came and locked all the doors
of the building and started a fire that killed over 600 people and its considered one of the most deadliest fires today.


This is the inside of a longhouse. Longhouses are what the Iroquois lived in.
This is the inside of a longhouse. Longhouses are what the Iroquois lived in.

The Iroqouis fought in many battles throughout there time and after awhile of fighting the "new people" the "new people" won and took over the land that we now call America.
The Iroqouis fought in many battles throughout there time and after awhile of fighting the "new people" the "new people" won and took over the land that we now call America.

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