The Mohawk are traditionally the keepers of the Eastern Door of the Iroquois Confederacy, also known as the Six Nations Confederacy or the Haudenosaunee Confederacy. Our original homeland is the north eastern region of New York State extending into southern Canada and Vermont.
To make weapons, they used shells, rocks, birch bark, stone, string, chipped stone, people hair, and wood. They made knives, chisels, axes, spears, and arrowheads from deer antlers. An Iroquois bow is made from wood and the bow string is made from twisted buffalo sinew.
A wigwam, wickiup, wetu, or wiigiwaam in the Ojibwe language, is a semi-permanent domed dwelling formerly used by certain Native American tribes and First Nations people. They are still used for ceremonial events. Wetu is the Wampanoag term for a wigwam dwelling.
Members of the Mohawk tribe now live in settlements in northern New York State and southeastern Canada.
Today, the Shakopee Mdewakanton are believed to be the richest tribe in American history as measured by individual personal wealth: Each adult, according to court records and confirmed by one tribal member, receives a monthly payment of around $84,000, or $1.08 million a year.
Today, there are about 30,000 Mohawk in the United States and Canada.
Some of the most common tools made included bows, arrows and lances used for hunting. They also used snares and traps to capture smaller animals. To make the task of fishing simpler, hooks, nets and weirs were also made from materials found in the wilderness.
Iroquois, any member of the North American Indian tribes speaking a language of the Iroquoian family—notably the Cayuga, Cherokee, Huron, Mohawk, Oneida, Onondaga, Seneca, and Tuscarora.
“The Iroquois religious beliefs are centered on an omniscient ‘Great Spirit’, who they believe is also their creator. They are strong proponents of anthropomorphism or animated nature and seasons. Many Iroquois are followers of Christianity.
While the mohawk hairstyle takes its name from the people of the Mohawk nation, an indigenous people of North America who originally inhabited the Mohawk Valley in upstate New York, the association comes from Hollywood and more specifically from the popular 1939 movie Drums Along the Mohawk starring Henry Fonda.
Scholars know that they ruthlessly tortured war prisoners and that they were cannibals; in the Algonquin tongue the word Mohawk actually means “flesh-eater.” There is even a story that the Indians in neighboring Iroquois territory would flee their homes upon sight of just a small band of Mohawks.
It was signed by the Haudenosaunee and the United States in 1794. The Mohawk were particularly skilled at the art of beadwork and porcupine quill artistry, which is unique to North American Indians. The sacred art of mask carving, however, is an art form that held special meaning to the Mohawk.
Mohawk, self-name Kanien’kehá:ka (“People of the Flint”), Iroquoian -speaking North American Indian tribe and the easternmost tribe of the Iroquois ( Haudenosaunee) Confederacy.
As with many American tribes, the Mohicans ‘ traditional ways of life were disrupted by European settlers, and the tribe was forced to move from its homeland, assigned to a distant reservation. Today, there are about 1,500 Mohicans, with roughly half of them living on a reservation in northeastern Wisconsin.
TIL: Native American Mohawks were often used as labourers on the skyscrapers because it was believed they had no natural fear of heights. In fact, they were afraid, but unlike their American workers, their spirit guides, which were actually extraterrestrials, provided them with anti- fear serum.