Iroquois Confederacy Notes
Many of the Iroquois converted into Catholicism from the efforts of the french missionaries. However, like there was a great awakening in america, there was a revival of the old religion in the Iroquois. A new religion was developed, incorporating old pagan beliefs as well as some Quaker beliefs Culture. Family: They had 8 clans, led by clan mother. Oldest Women, not man. Marriages were decided upon the family and the spouses. They had a matrilineal society so daughters were more valued as sons, an oddity in Europe. They were a melting pot of people, adopted many people into their tribes.
These people were generally given names to replace the deceased. They had many different festivals and ceremonies like the planting of the corn ceremony and the mind winter festival. Government economy The government of the Iroquois was defined by a unwritten framework known as the great peace. Under this structure, 50 chiefs came together to discuss problems. Most of the times, they found a way to cooperate. Even if the individual tribes that make up the confederacy couldn’t find a compromise, they were able to find a way to pursue their own separate interests without hindering the other tribes.
Only $13.90 / page
Economy: The Iroquois were by tradition farmers, farming the 3 sister crops of Corn, beans and squash. wampum, colored pieces of shell. Used for jeweler y, symbols of status, Warfare: The Iroquois held off European conquest for a very long quest, preferring to fight other neighboring tribes. However during the 1600’s they did fight wards with the french and Huron allies to control the fur trade, They also sided with the British during the French and Indian war. hoping to avoid future conflict with them.