The Wyandot people or Wendat, also called the Huron, are Iroquoian-speaking peoples of North America who emerged as a tribe around the north shore of Lake Ontario.
Wyandot (sometimes spelled Wendat ) is the Iroquoian language traditionally spoken by the people known variously as Wyandot or Wyandotte, descended from the Huron Wendat. It was last spoken by members located primarily in Oklahoma, United States and Quebec, Canada.
The last tribe of Indians left Ohio in 1843. They were the Wyandots and their name will forever be tied to the state. The Wyandots were not the largest tribe and had not lived here the longest, quite the contrary.
: a member of an American Indian group formed in the 17th century by Hurons and other Indians fleeing the Iroquois.
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.
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.
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 Huron gradually reestablished some influence in Ohio and Michigan, but the U.S. government eventually forced tribal members to sell their lands. They subsequently migrated to Kansas and then to Indian Territory (present-day Oklahoma).
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.
Huron Tribe Religion The religion of these tribes consisted in the worship of all material objects, the elements and bodies of nature, and many creatures of a teeming fancy, which in their view directly or remotely affected or controlled their well-being.
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.
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 Wendat people used bows and arrows, harpoons, knives, and arrowheads as their weapons. The Wendat protected their homes with sticks and and wood barke.
When first encountered by Europeans in 1615, the Wendat occupied a territory, sometimes called Huronia, around what are now Lake Simcoe and Georgian Bay, Ontario, Canada. Some of the Wendat villages, consisting of large bark-covered dwellings housing several families each, were palisaded for protection.
They engaged in trade with neighboring tribes, especially for tobacco. Like other Iroquoian peoples, the Wyandot had a matrilineal kinship system, and children were considered born to the mother’s family and took their status from hers.