Weapons that the Iroquois used include tomahawks (a small axe that can be thrown), bows (with string made out of sinew) and arrows (stone), war clubs
Other artifacts include bone and antler combs, clay pipes, and wampum beads, which are circular beads carved of white and purple mollusk shells that were used as currency. Iroquois art includes deer hide clothing, and shoes and bags done in quillwork and later with glass beading.
Another traditional weapon of Native American culture is the bow and arrow, also used for both hunting and fighting. The Iroquois made their arrowheads out of stone, such as flint, and metal or animal bone, and meticulously crafted their bows from wood. A skilled fighter or hunter could wield the bow on horseback.
Iroquois clothing was made from tanned deerskin. The men wore leggings and long breechcloths while the women wore long skirts. Both men and women wore deerskin shirts or blouses and soft shoes made of leather called moccasins.
“The Iroquois religious beliefs are centered on an omniscient ‘Great Spirit’, who they believe is also their creator. They are strong proponents of anthropomorphism or animated nature and seasons. Many Iroquois are followers of Christianity.
Iroquois, any member of the North American Indian tribes speaking a language of the Iroquoian family—notably the Cayuga, Cherokee, Huron, Mohawk, Oneida, Onondaga, Seneca, and Tuscarora.
Symbols A cluster of arrows. Recognized from the creation story the cluster of arrows is a symbol of unity for the Haudenosaunee. Eagle. Said to be a messenger to the Creator the eagle is the protector of peace. White Pine Tree/ Great Tree of Peace. Four White Roots. Long house. Circle. Sky World. Turtle.
Food That The Iroquois Ate Iroquois people would mainly eat food that they grew and hunted. They mainly ate squash, corn, and beans. These three were called “The Three Sisters”: the physical and spiritual sustainers of life. They would also prepare and eat tacos and tortillas.
The combination of guns and the cultural divide that resulted from the split of the Iroquois between the colonists and the British during the Revolutionary War brought down the Iroquois Confederacy.
As a rule, Indian bows ran about three feet in length, although they occasionally reached as long as five.
The term tomahawk was derived from the Algonquian words “tamahak” or “tamahakan.” The Native American Indians regularly used tomahawks made from stone heads which were attached to wooden handles secured by strips of rawhide. They used tomahawks for general uses such as hunting, chopping, cutting, or mainly as a weapon.
In addition to frequent dancing and singing, the Iroquois played sports like lacross and snowsnake. In lacrosse, the Iroquois used a leather ball stuff with fur and wooden nets. Sometimes they competed against other nations, and often had games between clans (Kalman 27).
Iroquois Natives lived in longhouses, which were long rectangular-shaped buildings. They had wood frames and were covered in bark. They were called longhouses because they were very long – sometimes 100 feet in length. Villages consisted of several longhouses, often protected by a fence called palisades.
Iroquois Society The Iroquoi Tribes, also known as the Haudenosuanee, are known for many things. But they are best known for their longhouses. Each longhouse was home to many members of a Haudenosuanee family. The longhouse was the center of Iroquois life.
Large numbers of Iroquois in the United States live in urban areas rather than on reservations. Many Mohawk and Oneida have worked structural steelworkers. The Oneida opened a large gambling casino near Syracuse, N.Y., in 1993, and other similar facilities have since opened.