What did the Iroquois believe in?

What was the Iroquois Nation religion?

Finding: The Iroquois united all the six tribes by professing faith to The Great Spirit. The Iroquois people's religion would actually power the Nation.

The Iroquois



  • The most advanced of all the Northern American tribes, the Iroquois is often referred too as the Iroquois Nation, as six tribes gathered to form the Iroquois Confederacy.

  • The tribes were the Mohawk, Oneida, Onondaga, Cayuga, Seneca, and the Tuscarora was the last to join.


  • The Iroquois were untied through their similar ideas of peace and on the afterlife.
  • The Great Spirit also had smaller spirits who lived in the real world and not the Spirit Word- Invisible Agents.
  • Just like the European beliefs of judgement after life- the Evil-Minded.
  • This idea of one major god like being and a painful afterlife actually helped the Iroquois to unite.



  • Religious ceremonies were held for The Great Spirit or depending on the time, an Invisible Agent.
  • All religious ceremonies were led by The Keepers of the Faith.
  • Keepers of the Faith was actually just a council of people who were in charge of keeping the faith. Iroquois applied to be in the council.
  • Ceremonies are passed down from parent to child and have not been changed.
  • Stories were told to explain The Great Spirit.


The Oral Tradition

The Iroquois: The Oral Tradition