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.
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.
Credit for the name ‘ Mohawk ‘ goes to early Dutch and English settlers, who used it to describe most of the New England tribes. Mohawk means ‘man eaters’, but there is no record of the Mohawk people behaving as cannibals.
The Mohawk Indians were farming people. 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.
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.
Today, there are about 30,000 Mohawk in the United States and Canada.
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.
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?
The mohawk is also sometimes referred to as an iro in reference to the Iroquois (who include the Mohawk people), from whom the hairstyle is supposedly derived – though historically the hair was plucked out rather than shaved.
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 mohawk hairstyle is named after the Native American tribe. The name Mohawk comes from a name their enemies called them, meaning “ man – eaters.” The term man – eaters does not really mean that they ate people. It means that they were fierce warriors. The Mohawk’s name for themselves means “people of the flint.”
Enemies of the Mohawk tribe included the Algonquin, Huron, Pennacook, Lenape, Ojibway (aka Chippewa) and the Mohican tribes together with all the other people they conquered.
Members of the Mohawk tribe now live in settlements in northern New York State and southeastern Canada.
The Mohawks have an animist tradition belief in mother earth and nature also they believe in spiritual powers. The Mohawks are polytheistic which means they believe in many gods not just one. They believe in The Creator, Prophet, and mother earth.
Kanyen’kéha or Kanien’kéha (also known as the Mohawk language) is an Indigenous language of North America.