Wendat believed there were spirits around them, they were either helpful or harmful, they prayed to the spirits and asked them not to hurt them. The Wendat men fought and hunted when on the other side the women did household tasks and gathered food, the boy children practiced with bows and girls played with dolls.
Prior to 1600, the Huron -Wendat numbered about 20,000 to 25,000 people, but between 1634 and 1642 they were reduced to about 9,000 by a series of epidemics, particularly measles, influenza and smallpox. Today, the Huron -Wendat First Nation in Wendake, Quebec numbers 4,056 registered members, as of July 2018.
Huron, also called Wyandot, Wyandotte, or Wendat, Iroquoian -speaking North American Indians who were living along the St.
Wyandot, or Wyandotte, also known as Huron, was spoken near the south end of Georgian Bay off Lake Huron in the 17th century. The Wyandot language is a member of the Lake Iroquoian branch of the Iroquoian language family. Closely related languages include Laurentian, Cayuga, Seneca, Mohawk, Oneida, and Onondaga.
Hurons, meaning “boar’s head,” came from the Old French hure, which referred to the male Hurons ‘ bristly coiffure. The name also meant “rough” and “boorish.” Although the French gave them this name, the Hurons called themselves Wendat, Guyandot, or Wyandot.
The three village chiefs were: Walk-In-The-Water, Lame Hand and Splitlog, the brother of Round Head. All acknowledged Tarhe as Titula, leader of the nation, but at the same times, each went their own way as in the War of 1812. By the end of the war, Warrow had emerged as village chief of the Canadian Wyandots.
Quahadis were the hardest, fiercest, least yielding component of a tribe that had long had the reputation as the most violent and warlike on the continent; if they ran low on water, they were known to drink the contents of a dead horse’s stomach, something even the toughest Texas Ranger would not do.
Iroquois’ destruction of Huronia. In 1649, the Iroquois attacked and massacred. They benefitted from the weakened state of the Huron nation, laid waste by epidemics and divided by the presence of so many Christian converts. Huronia was bathed in blood and fire.
Then the Hurons became trading partners of New France. The Iroquois felt threatened by this new powerful alliance between the French and the Hurons. They made many raids on the Hurons, and by the middle of the century, virtually wiped them out. The remainder fled to Quebec for protection by the French colonists.
In the early 1640s, the war began in earnest with Iroquois attacks on frontier Huron villages along the St. Lawrence River in order to disrupt the trade with the French. The French decided to become directly involved in the conflict. The Huron and the Iroquois had an estimated 25,000 to 30,000 members each.
The clothes worn by the men included breechclouts, leggings, shirts, long cloaks and shoulder to waist length mantles. The blackened skins of deer (buckskin) and beaver were used to make their clothing and borders were often dyed red. Huron women wore wraparound skirts, dresses and cloaks.
This appellation is French in origin. It was a name attributed by the French to the settlement of Native Americans at the mouth of the river near where the French settled Detroit. Huron therefore came to be associated with the Native American settlement, the river Huron, and even Lake Huron.
Salutations in Wyandot -atęru- verb root ‘to be friends' -ˀ stative aspect. Kweh ǫmatęruˀ Hello, my friends (lit. -atęru- verb root ‘to be friends’ -ˀ Kweh endih Wyandotte yęh Hello, I am Wyandotte. -i- verb root ‘to be two’ -h stative aspect. -wey- verb root ‘to be together' -ih stative aspect.
In fact, both tribes still exist today. But there were no Mohicans. The Mahican people (their ancestral name was “Muh-he-con-neok,” or “People of the waters that are never still”) were forced out of the Hudson River Valley into western Massachusetts, around Stockbridge, and called the Stockbridge Indians.
The Huron Indians looked up to the Iroquois and imitated their skills in building. They built their houses with elmbark and elongated them on high grounds near rivers and springs. They also copied the ways in which the Iroquois farmed by using the same crops, such as corn, beans, squash, sunflowers, and tobacco.