The Mohawk people (Mohawk: Kanienʼkehá꞉ka) are the most easterly tribe of the Haudenosaunee, or Iroquois Confederacy. They are an Iroquoian-speaking indigenous people of North America, with communities in southeastern Canada and northern New York State, primarily around Lake Ontario and the St Lawrence River.
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.
Today, there are about 30,000 Mohawk in the United States and Canada. Mohawks base social relations on kinship. Matrilineages include several clan groups. In the past, the three clans – bear, turtle, and wolf – each had a matron who could adopt members into the clan, usually from tribes defeated in war.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Algonquians (Mohican) and Iroquois ( Mohawk ) were traditional competitors and enemies. Iroquois oral tradition, as recorded in the Jesuit Relations, speaks of a war between the Mohawks and an alliance of the Susquehannock and Algonquin (sometime between 1580 and 1600).
The style of hair cut that most of us think of when we hear “ Mohawk ” does come from the Kanien’kehá:ka people. It was — and is — the style worn by the young men charged with protection of the tribe. They used their hair — and the value it represented — to protect their people from the invading forces.
The Mohawks are polytheistic which means they believe in many gods not just one. They believe in The Creator, Prophet, and mother earth. Mohawks had specific rituals to worship their gods such as Maple, Sun, Thunder, Seed Planting, Bean harvest, new corn, Green corn, and Corn harvest.
On November 24, 1807, Mohawk Chief Thayendanegea, also known by his English name, Joseph Brant, dies at his home in Burlington, Ontario. Before dying, he reportedly said, “Have pity on the poor Indians. If you have any influence with the great, endeavour to use it for their good.”
I mean, the word nyaweh in Mohawk gets interpreted as ‘ thank you ‘ in English but that’s kind of the beginning and the end of it.
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.
Kanyen’kéha or Kanien’kéha (also known as the Mohawk language) is an Indigenous language of North America.
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.”