The Mohawk Indians By Samantha Kay Long, Elysia Catherine Simmers, and Alan Fernando Morales
Mohawk Famous Leaders Joseph Brant, also known as “Thayendagegea” or he who places two bets. Discovered that the Indians were buying faulty guns from the white people Was a tribe, or war leader, leader on the British side during the American War of Independence. Met with the king of England on 2 different occasions. A dinner was held in his honor.
Mohawk Clothing • In the summer, most children under the age of 14 went completely naked. • Boys and men over the age of 14 wore a type of loin cloth. • Woman and girls over the age of 14 wore a knee length skirt. • Neither sexes wore shirts.
Mohawk Recreational Activities • Girls played with corn husk dolls that either their mothers or fathers made for them. • Older boys and men played a type of lacrosse • Young boys tried to throw a dart through a moving hoop • Hunting and fishing was very popular • Telling legends
Mohawk Language • Most Mohawks speak English nowadays. • Native language is called “Mohawk Language. • Very complex Some Mohawk words: “She-Kan” (Shay-cone) -Friendly greeting. “Nia:wen” (nee-ah-wenh) -Thank you.
Mohawk’s Home Life • Lived together in longhouses. • Women were counted as equals in their society. • What women did: Tended gardens, harvested crops, raised kids, made clothing, cooked food. • What men did: Cleared fields, built and repaired longhouses, hunted and traded
Mohawks Food and Farming • Food was considered “Special gifts from the provider”. • Tools used for farming: wooden rake and spades • Main crops: Corn, beans, squash, pumpkins, melons, and tobacco • Gathered: Wild nuts, veggies, fruits, mushrooms, eggs • Killed: black bears, elk, rabbit, deer, wolves, wild turkey, and ducks *No part of the animal was wasted!!*