The Senecas were also highly skilled at warfare, and were considered fierce adversaries. But the Seneca were also renowned for their sophisticated skills at diplomacy and oratory and their willingness to unite with the other original five nations to form the Iroquois Confederacy of Nations.
Seneca, self-name Onödowa’ga:’ (“People of the Great Hill”), North American Indians of the Iroquoian linguistic group who lived in what is now western New York state and eastern Ohio.
The Seneca Indians were farming people. Seneca women planted crops of corn, beans, and squash and harvested wild berries and herbs. Seneca men hunted deer and elk and fished in the rivers and the shores of Lake Ontario. Seneca Indian foods included cornbread, soups, and stews, which they cooked on stone hearths.
They were removed to Indian Territory west of the Mississippi River in the 1830s. Many Seneca and other Iroquois migrated into Canada during and after the Revolutionary War, where the Crown gave them land in compensation for what was lost in their traditional territories.
The Cayuga Nation is known as “The People of the Great Swamp”. Cayugas are one the original five members of the Haudenosaunee “The People of the Longhouse”. Many goverance principles of the Haudenosaunee were installed into the American form of governance.
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.
Learning the Seneca Indian Language Nya:wëh sgë:nö’ (nyah-weh-sgeh-noh) Hello.
Gai’wiio, (Seneca: “Good Message”) also called Longhouse Religion, new religious movement that emerged among the Seneca Indians of the northeastern United States, one of the Six Nations of the Iroquois Confederacy, in the early 19th century.
Seneca is an Iroquoian language spoken by the Seneca people, one of the members of the Iroquois Five (later, Six) Nations confederacy. It is most closely related to the other Five Nations Iroquoian languages, Cayuga, Onondaga, Oneida, and Mohawk (and among those, it is most closely related to Cayuga).
The Neolithic long house type was introduced with the first farmers of central and western Europe around 5000 BCE, 7,000 years ago. These were farming settlements built in groups of about six to twelve and were home to large extended families and kin.
The name Seneca is a boy’s name of Latin origin meaning “people of the standing rock”.
Composed of eight clans – Turtle, Bear, Wolf, Beaver, Snipe, Heron, Deer and Hawk – the Seneca are said to have been released by the Creator from beneath a mountain and prospered as the People of the Great Hill.
Seneca hunters used bows and arrows; fishermen used spears and fishing poles; and warriors used their bows, arrows, clubs, spears and shields to fight. The other weapons & tools of Seneca Indian people include stone adzes (hand axes for woodworking, flint knives for skinning animals, and wooden hoes for farming.
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.
Cornplanter, also called John O’Bail, O’Bail also spelled O’Beel, or Abeel, (born c. 1732, New York? [ U.S. ]—died February 18, 1836, Warren county, Pennsylvania, U.S. ), Seneca Indian leader who aided white expansion into Indian territory in the eastern United States.