Iroquois Research Paper

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Iroquois Tina Mack Ashford University ANT234 Nadia Khrais May 12, 2014 Iroquois When we think of Indians we think of tepees, bow and arrows, and free roaming hunters. Iroquois were different they lived in longhouses and farmed. They were different in other ways as will. This paper will try to describe the way the Iroquois lived and suffered. The Iroquois lived in longhouses that were made of young saplings lashed together with strips of bark. The frame work was then covered with large sheets of bark, probable from the young sapling used for the frame work. The longhouse was usually twenty feet wide, twenty feet high, and ranged from sixty to two hundred twenty feet long. “The length of a longhouse was determined…show more content…
Each tribe was made of clans, there were three clans found in all six tribes, the Bear, Wolf and Turtle clans. When the tribes combined to form one nation they formed a very sophisticated political and social system called the Iroquois Confederacy. The six combined tribes were broken into two groups called the Elders, which was the Mohawk, Onondaga, and the Seneca. The Oneida, Cayuga, and Tuscarora made up the Younger group. Every decision had be an unanimous decision between all tribes. (Carnegie, website viewed May…show more content…
The Onondaga would bring up a topic to the Mohawks to consider. When they made their decision it would be passed on to the Seneca. After they made their decision the remaining groups would hold a group meeting around a fire of deliberation. If they reached an agreement they would report back to the Onondaga Council Leader if he agreed with their decision then it as an unanimous vote. If they could not come to an agreement then the process started over from the beginning starting with the Mohawks. If a decision can not be made then the topic was put aside and the fire was put out. Once the meeting was over the meeting minutes were put into a wampum, a beaded belt. The American government was influenced by the Iroquois Confederacy. (Carnegie) Leaders did not inherit their position from their father. They inherited from their mother. When it became time for a new leader to be selected the matriarch mother of the clans would meet and decide which male descendent was next in line and if he was right for the job. Once the mothers made their decision they would pass this on to the current leaders and they would decide if the candidates were right for the job. If the chief leaders decided the candidates were not right the mothers would have to choose another
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