Iroquois longhouse sketch The Mohawk people lived in villages of longhouses, which were large wood-frame buildings covered with sheets of elm bark. One Mohawk house could be a hundred feet long, and an entire clan lived in it–up to 60 people! Today, longhouses are only used for ceremonial purposes.
Longhouses have another thing in common besides their shape: they were built to serve as a home for a large extended family. An extended family includes a number of family units consisting of parents and children, plus grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, etc.
Wigwams are good houses for people who stay in the same place for months at a time. Most Algonquian Indians lived together in settled villages during the farming season, but during the winter, each family group would move to their own hunting camp.
The Mohawk tribe lived in upstate New York which has a humid continental climate. Humid continental climates feature warm summers and cold winters.
Today, there are about 30,000 Mohawk in the United States and Canada. Traditionally, Mohawks divided labor by gender. Men spent most of the time hunting and fishing and the rest of the time warred with rivals, notably Algoniquins and later the French. Women’s farming provided most of the sustenance.
Where do the Mohawks live? The Mohawks are original people of New York state. Here is our map of New York Indian tribes and the location of their original home lands. Some Mohawk people still live in New York today, but most Mohawks retreated to Canada in the 1700’s.
Because the Mohican people chose to build their homes near the rivers where they would be close to food, water and transportation, they were sometimes called River Indians. Their homes, called wik-wams (wigwams), were circular and made of bent saplings covered with hides or bark.
The Mohawk tribe were a hunting, fishing and farming people who travelled extensively along the Mohawk and Hudson rivers in their elmbark canoes on hunting, trading and war expeditions. The warlike Mohawk were feared across the region due to their brutal tactics and merciless way they treated captives.
What did the Navajo eat? After the Spanish arrived in the 1600s, the Navajo began to farm sheep and goats as well, with sheep becoming a major source of meat. They also hunted animals for food like deer and rabbits. They made dishes like mutton stew, fried cornbread, and even grilled prairie dog.
Beginning in 1669, missionaries attempted to convert Mohawks to Christianity, operating a mission in Ossernenon 9 miles west of present-day Auriesville, New York until 1684, when the Mohawks destroyed it, killing several priests.
Kanyen’kéha or Kanien’kéha (also known as the Mohawk language) is an Indigenous language of North America.
Twin Gods: Sky Woman’s twin grandsons, Maple Sapling (Okwiraseh) and Flint (Tawiskaron.) These twin deities were the creators and culture heroes of the Iroquois people. Maple Sapling was the god of life and created many things to help humankind; his twin Flint was the god of death and primarily caused destruction.
“The Mohawks lived in larger villages while the Mohicans had smaller bands living on both sides of the Hudson, and I’m only suggesting that the Mohicans were living on the lower Mohawk River.
The mohawk hairstyle is named after the Native American tribe. Before battle, Mohawk warriors shaved the sides of their heads, leaving a thin strip of hair down the middle. The name Mohawk comes from a name their enemies called them, meaning “man-eaters.” The term man-eaters does not really mean that they ate people.