More Native American Cultures
To what extent do Native American cultures vary?
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Cherokees and Natchez-warm, moist climates
Natchez-they would hunt, fish and farm along the fertile coast of the Gulf of Mexico
1. Ruler of Natchez=Great Sun-worshipped as a god
2. The Little Suns (family of The Great Sun)
4. Honored People
5. Stinkards(Common People)-majority of the people
Membership would change-nobles had to marry stinkards
Great Corn Ceremony-took place in midsummer-celebrates the harvest and the new year.
Algonquins, Hurons, Iroquois, Miamis, Shawnees-lived in farming villages but also hunted for food
Lived in longhousesshared by several families-150 feet long, 20 feet wide
Women shared social and political power.
Women owned all the household property and were in charge of planting and harvesting.
Iroquois-lived mostly in New York State(The Iroquois live where
Iroquois included 5 nations, each speaking different languages(COSMO):Cayuga, Onondaga, Seneca, Mohawk and Oneida
Until the late 1500s, the five nations were often at war.
1570-alliance to end the fighting-League of Iroquois-A council of 50 specially chosen tribal leaders (Sachems)-met once a year to make decisions for the league.
More information on the Iroquois