The Mohawk Tribe

By: David, Diego, Debbie, Cynthia

Cultural Lifestyle

  • The Mohawk Tribe haunted for deer, rabbit, and bear
  • They lived in longhouses made out of large wood-frame buildings covered in sheets of elm bark
  • Men did the hunting and women grew the vegetables
  • Their language is Kanien'Keha Ka
  • Men wore breechcloths with leggings
  • Women wore wraparound skirts with shorter legs
  • Known for mask carving

Region(s)

They lived in the New York, Ontario, and Quebec area. They still live in these areas. They resided near Lake Ontario and the Saint Lawrence River. They were originally formed in the Mohawk Valley in upstate New York.

Religion

Powers of Nature and Mother Earth as well as in the spirits of creatures, natural forces and landscape features. The Mohawk also had the same kind of beliefs, the Summer Initiation Festival, which is still celebrated, is their most traditional ceremony.


Government/ Political Structure

  • The Mohawk nation had a tribal council governed by the clan mothers.

  • Also were governed by the Iroquois Great Council.

  • Only nine people in the Mohawk Council are represented in the Iroquois Great Council.


Unique Features

  • The Mohawk got their name from their enemies the Algonquins they called them Mohawk which means “Man Eater”. In their own language they called themselves the Kanienkehaka which means “People of the Flint”.

  • They were part of a larger group called the Haudenosaunee which consisted of 5 different tribes

  • They filled their drums with water to give their music an interesting and unique sound.

  • The Mohawk did not keep time


Affect on America

  • The Mohawk nation had a tribal council governed by the clan mothers.

  • But they also were governed by the Iroquois Great Council.

  • Only nine people in the Mohawk Council are represented in the Iroquois Great Council.