Essay about The Mohawk Tribe 's Culture, Social Institutions And Economy

877 Words Jan 11th, 2015 4 Pages
Like all Native American tribes in the continental United States, many aspects of the Mohawk tribe’s culture, social institutions and economy were forever changed after the arrival of Europeans. Dutch, French and British and eventually American interaction and wars would all change the course of Mohawk history.
The Mohawk, or Kahniakenhaka as they call themselves, are part of the Iroquois (Haudenosaunee) Five Nation Confederacy. The Iroquoian name Kahniakenhaka means “people of the flint place.” Their native land stretched from south of the Mohawk valley region in present day New York, east to central Vermont, north to the St. Lawrence Seaway and West bordering the Oneida Nation. The Eastern location of the Mohawk tribe placed them in a prime location for trade. Because of this, they were one of the wealthier tribes. They also were protectors against threats from the east and were known as “Keepers of the Eastern Gate.”
The Iroquoian Indians, before the coming of the white man, occupied New York, Pennsylvania, the region about Lake Erie, north of Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence Valley. Others tribes of the Iroquoian family lived in two areas in the present southern states, one in the eastern Carolinas, and the other partly in the western Carolinas, and parts of the States of Georgia, Alabama, Tennessee, Kentucky, and the Virginias. The Hurons or Wyandot tribe lived about Lake Simcoe and the St. Lawrence; the Tiononates, west of Lake Ontario and south of the Hurons and…

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