The name Akwesasne in Mohawk means “Land Where the Partridge Drums”, referring to the rich wildlife in the area.
The Mohawk are traditionally the keepers of the Eastern Door of the Iroquois Confederacy, also known as the Six Nations Confederacy or the Haudenosaunee Confederacy. Our original homeland is the north eastern region of New York State extending into southern Canada and Vermont.
Members of the Mohawk tribe now live in settlements in northern New York State and southeastern Canada.
Mohawk is pronounced “mo-hawk.” It comes from a name their Algonkian enemies used to call them, meaning “man-eaters.” In their own language, the Mohawk people call themselves Kanienkehaka, which means “people of the flint.”
Today, there are about 30,000 Mohawk in the United States and Canada.
Scholars know that they ruthlessly tortured war prisoners and that they were cannibals; in the Algonquin tongue the word Mohawk actually means “flesh-eater.” There is even a story that the Indians in neighboring Iroquois territory would flee their homes upon sight of just a small band of Mohawks.
Today, the Shakopee Mdewakanton are believed to be the richest tribe in American history as measured by individual personal wealth: Each adult, according to court records and confirmed by one tribal member, receives a monthly payment of around $84,000, or $1.08 million a year.
Mohawk women planted crops of corn, beans, and squash and harvested wild berries and herbs. Mohawk men hunted for deer and elk and fished in the rivers. Traditional Mohawk foods included cornbread, soups, and stews, which they cooked on stone hearths.
Mohawk, self-name Kanien’kehá:ka (“People of the Flint”), Iroquoian -speaking North American Indian tribe and the easternmost tribe of the Iroquois ( Haudenosaunee) Confederacy.
While the mohawk hairstyle takes its name from the people of the Mohawk nation, an indigenous people of North America who originally inhabited the Mohawk Valley in upstate New York, the association comes from Hollywood and more specifically from the popular 1939 movie Drums Along the Mohawk starring Henry Fonda.
The Algonquians (Mohican) and Iroquois ( Mohawk ) were traditional competitors and enemies. This was perhaps in response to the formation of the League of the Iroquois. In September 1609 Henry Hudson encountered Mohican villages just below present day Albany, with whom he traded goods for furs.
As with many American tribes, the Mohicans ‘ traditional ways of life were disrupted by European settlers, and the tribe was forced to move from its homeland, assigned to a distant reservation. Today, there are about 1,500 Mohicans, with roughly half of them living on a reservation in northeastern Wisconsin.
Sekon – Hello. Khwe – hi. Kwehkwe – hi there. Ó:nen – bye. Ó:nen ki’ wáhi – goodbye (goodbye my good friend, it’s dearer to the heart). Ó:nen – bye now. Oh niiawenhátie? – what’s happening what’s going on?
It was signed by the Haudenosaunee and the United States in 1794. The Mohawk were particularly skilled at the art of beadwork and porcupine quill artistry, which is unique to North American Indians. The sacred art of mask carving, however, is an art form that held special meaning to the Mohawk.
TIL: Native American Mohawks were often used as labourers on the skyscrapers because it was believed they had no natural fear of heights. In fact, they were afraid, but unlike their American workers, their spirit guides, which were actually extraterrestrials, provided them with anti- fear serum.