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Ch 11: The Iroquois Confederacy

About This Chapter

This comprehensive chapter provides an overview of the Iroquois Confederacy's history, culture, language and more. You can use this chapter as helpful test preparation resource, as well as an effective homework help tool or textbook supplement.

The Iroquois Confederacy - Chapter Summary

If you need to study the history of the Iroquois Confederacy, this chapter is for you! Containing bite-sized history lessons, the chapter offers facts about the Iroquois Constitution, as well as the Iroquois' culture, traditions, language, social structure, religion and art. You can work through the chapter at your own pace using your desktop, laptop, smartphone or tablet. You'll also find short lesson quizzes and a comprehensive chapter exam. When you're finished, you should be equipped to:

  • Analyze the Iroquois Constitution
  • Explain the reasons why the Iroquois fought the Mourning Wars
  • Summarize the Iroquois creation story
  • Discuss Iroquois tradition and culture
  • Describe the spoken and written Iroquois language
  • Assess the social structure and gender roles of the Iroquois
  • Understand the characteristics of Iroquois religion, beliefs and mythology
  • Recognize Iroquois artifacts, art and symbols

8 Lessons in Chapter 11: The Iroquois Confederacy
The Iroquois Constitution: Summary & Analysis

1. The Iroquois Constitution: Summary & Analysis

In this lesson, you'll learn about the history of the Iroquois Constitution, including the main provisions, groups involved, and similarities to the U.S. Constitution.

Why Did the Iroquois Fight Mourning Wars?

2. Why Did the Iroquois Fight Mourning Wars?

Why do nations go to war? There may be more reasons than you'd expect. In this lesson, we are going to explore Iroquois mourning wars and see what they meant to the nations of the Iroquois Confederacy.

The Iroquois Creation Story: Summary & Analysis

3. The Iroquois Creation Story: Summary & Analysis

In this lesson, we'll explore where the Iroquois people come from by examining their creation stories. We will also see how these stories informed their cultural values.

Iroquois Culture, Traditions & Facts

4. Iroquois Culture, Traditions & Facts

One of the prominent native peoples of North America, the Iroquois of the Northeastern U.S., were known as a historically powerful people. How so, you ask? Well, this lesson will explain some of the traditions, facts and a little about their culture that makes them one of the most well known Native American tribes.

Iroquois Language: Spoken & Written

5. Iroquois Language: Spoken & Written

The language of the Iroquois is more than just one culture's way of communicating. It has a long history and far reaching affect on many Native American languages and cultures. Its history and development are significant and still of anthropological interest today.

Iroquois Social Structure & Gender Roles

6. Iroquois Social Structure & Gender Roles

The Iroquois refer to themselves as the Haudenosaunee. Made up of six tribes, they formed the Iroquois Confederacy. A matrilineal society, the Iroquois Confederacy has a strong sense of gender equality and a social structure deeply rooted in family.

Iroquois Religion, Beliefs & Mythology

7. Iroquois Religion, Beliefs & Mythology

In this lesson, you will receive a brief overview of Iroquois religion and mythology. This will include some brief descriptions of gods and the creation myth.

Iroquois Art, Symbols & Artifacts

8. Iroquois Art, Symbols & Artifacts

The original inhabitants of North America made beautiful carved masks and clothing adorned with delicate beadwork. In this lesson, learn about Iroquois art and explore some of its symbols and artifacts.

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