Native American Survival

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Native American Survival

Strong Iroquois traditions of family and clan led to the creation of the League of the Five Nations, the most powerful alliance of Native American people ever to exist in North America. The Iroquois Confederacy was made up of five groups – the Mohawks, Oneidas, Onondagas, Cayugas and Senecas.

Five thousand years ago, Native Americans moved into parts of what is now New York State. They settled along the waterways- the Finger Lakes, Lake Champlain, and Lake George; as well as the Mohawk, Hudson, Susquehanna, and Genesee rivers. They also clustered in areas such as Long Island and Manhattan. These early settlements relied on crops for most of their food supply, while the area also provided the Native Americans with game, fish, and good water transportation.

Native American SurvivalPeter Lynch


*Longhouses are Native American homes used by the Iroquois tribes and their Algonquian neighbors. Each longhouse housed an entire clan-- as many as 60 people!*Wigwams (or wetus) are Native American houses used by Algonquian Indians in woodland regions. Wigwam is the word for "house."*Tepees (also spelled Teepees or Tipis) are tent-like houses. Tepees were usually not seen in the Northeast, but were used mostly by Native American tribes in the Great Plains.

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