The Mohawk

by Karin


The Mohawk tribe came from across the Pacific Ocean over 12,000 years ago. The Mohawk moved to northeast New York and still live there now. They are also a part of a larger group called the Iroquois Confederacy.


The Mohawk people spoke French. They lived in long houses and worshipped spirits. They also worshipped masks, weather and the sun, moon and stars. They ate berries, corn, fish and other foods you might find in the wilderness. They walked everywhere because they did not have any horses. They also invented lacrosse and a game called snowsnake.


The Mohawk people have had fifty chiefs. Their most recent one is Chief Thayendanegea. The English named him Joseph Brant. The Iroquois Confederacy is made up of six different tribes. They are the Onondaga, Seneca, Tuscarora, Cayuga, Oneida, and the Iroquois.


The Iroquois Confederacy made decisions by all of the chiefs coming together and having a meeting. The Mohawk people had to make a huge decision: did they want to fight in the French and Indian War, and if so, which side would they be on? They chose to be in the war and chose the British side with the Indians.





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