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Iroquois Daily Life Webquest

Type in the following address:
http://nativeamericans.mrdonn.org/northeast/iroquois/index.html
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1. What geographic area of the United States did the Iroquois live in?

2. List the major bodies of water that are part of the Woodlands Region.

3. What advantages did the Woodlands Region give the Iroquois people?

Click on and read What did the Iroquois eat?



4. What did the Iroquois people strongly believe in?

Click on and Farming and Agriculture


5. What did the Iroquois diet consist of?

6. What types of tools did the Iroquois use for farming?

7. List three types of crops that the Iroquois planted?

8. In the Iroquois community, who tended crops and owned the land?

9. Who was the boss during the planting season?

10. How many festivals did the Iroquois have to thank their gods during a year?

Click on The three sisters


11. What crops were the three sisters?

Click on Wild Foods - Hunters and Gatherers



12. Who would gather wild foods among the Iroquois?

13. What was sunflower oil used for by the Iroquois?

14. List three animals that males in the Iroquois community hunted?

15. When did the Iroquois have their main fishing season?

16. What did the Iroquois do with most of the fish caught during the main fishing season?

17. What did the Iroquois do to attract fish if they were forced to fish at night?

Go back to the main page and click on Clans


18. What were clans among the Iroquois?

19. Explain the powers of the Clan Mother?

Go back to the main page and click on Sacred Trees


20. List three ways the Iroquois would use trees:

Click on Longhouses


21. Who built and repaired the longhouses?

22. How were longhouses measured?

23. How many years would a typical longhouse last after being built?

24. What did the Iroquois build around their longhouses to protect them?

Go back to the main page and click on Marriage and Family Life


25. Did husbands have a lot of authority over their wives in Iroquois society?

26. Who were Iroquois forbidden from marrying?

27. List three types of jobs women had in Iroquois society.

28. Who educated the children in Iroquois society?

29. List three types of jobs men were expected to do in Iroquois society.

Go back to the main page and click on Clothing & Hair Style


30. What did the Iroquois make clothing from?

31. What did the Iroquois use to decorate their clothes?

32. What type of hairstyle did Iroquois warriors have?

33. Were tattoos popular with the Iroquois?

Go back to the main page and click on Religion, The Great Spirit, and the False Face Society


34. What do the Iroquois believe about the Great Spirit?

35. What spirit did the Iroquois believe they would join in the afterlife?

36. How did the Iroquois try to get rid of or scare an evil spirit away?

37. What did the False Face Society do each spring and fall?

Go back to the main page and click on Wampum


38. How did the Iroquois use wampum?

39. How did colonists use wampum?

40. What materials were used to make wampum?

Go back to the main page and click on Warriors, Weapons, Battle Techniques


41. What did the Iroquois make their bows and arrows out of?

42. What did the Iroquois use to hunt birds?

43. What fighting skills did American colonists learn from the Iroquois?

Go back to the main page and click on Travel


44. How did the Iroquois travel before European contact?

Go back to the main page and click on Iroquois League of Nations


45. According to legend, what Mohawk leader created the League of Nations?
46. List the five most powerful groups within the Iroquois:

47. What did all of the Iroquois people have in common?

48. What was the primary purpose of the Iroquois League of Nations?

49. Who borrowed many ideas from the Iroquois League of Nations to create their own government?

50. What grade would you give the Iroquois League of Nations?

A B C D F

Explain the reason behind your grade.

Iroquois Daily Life Webquest Teacher Answer Sheet

Type in the following address:
http://nativeamericans.mrdonn.org/northeast/iroquois/index.html
When clicking on links, please click on the back button so you always go to the main page at:
http://nativeamericans.mrdonn.org/northeast/iroquois/index.html
1. What geographic area of the United States did the Iroquois live in?

Northeast
2. List the major bodies of water that are part of the Woodlands Region.

Lake Ontario, Erie, Huron, Michigan, Superior, Finger Lakes and the Saint Lawrence River
3. What advantages did the Woodlands Region give the Iroquois people?

The Woodlands Region offered plenty of food and shelter

Click on and read What did the Iroquois eat?



4. What did the Iroquois people strongly believe in?

Cooperation, especially for food
Click on and Farming and Agriculture
5. What did the Iroquois diet consist of?

Foods from farming (corn, squash, green beans, lima beans, kidney beans, pumpkin, and melons)
6. What types of tools did the Iroquois use for farming?

Wooden rake and spade
7. List three types of crops that the Iroquois planted?

Answers will vary (Corn, squash, green beans, lima beans, kidney beans, pumpkin, and melons)
8. In the Iroquois community, who tended crops and owned the land?

Women
9. Who was the boss during the planting season?

The Clan Mother

10. How many festivals did the Iroquois have to thank their gods during a year?

6 festivals
Click on The three sisters
11. What crops were the three sisters?

Corn, beans, and squash
Click on Wild Foods - Hunters and Gatherers

12. Who would gather wild foods among the Iroquois?

Women and children
13. What was sunflower oil used for by the Iroquois?

Sunflower oil was used to treat wounds and as a body lotion to protect skin from hot or cold weather
14. List three animals that males in the Iroquois community hunted?

Answers will vary (black bear, elk, deer, rabbit, and wolves)
15. When did the Iroquois have their main fishing season?

Spring
16. What did the Iroquois do with most of the fish caught during the main fishing season?

The fish would be dried and stored
17. What did the Iroquois do to attract fish if they were forced to fish at night?

They would use torches or light to attract fish
Go back to the main page and click on Clans
18. What were clans among the Iroquois?

Clans were family groups
19. Explain the powers of the Clan Mother?

She could select council members, and offer advice

Go back to the main page and click on Sacred Trees


20. List three ways the Iroquois would use trees:

(Answers will vary) they used young trees to make poles for their longhouses.

They carefully saved the leaves and twigs to start campfires.

They used the bark to cover their homes to keep out the rain, and to line clay storage pots to keep dried food safe from mice.

Twigs were also used to make baskets, hunting tools, and weapons. 

Twigs were used to make designs on clay pots. 

They used tree and plant fibers as weaving materials.
Click on Longhouses
21. Who built and repaired the longhouses?

The men
22. How were longhouses measured?

By the number of camp fires
23. How many years would a typical longhouse last after being built?

Around 20 years
24. What did the Iroquois build around their longhouses to protect them?

Pole fences
Go back to the main page and click on Marriage and Family Life
25. Did husbands have a lot of authority over their wives in Iroquois society?

Husbands had no real authority over their wives
26. Who were Iroquois forbidden from marrying?

They were not allowed to marry anyone from their own clan
27. List three types of jobs women had in Iroquois society.

Answers will vary

Women harvested the crops, raised the kids, made clothes, cooked food, and prepared food for storage. They were the gatherers of wild fruits and vegetables. Women were usually the potters.

28. Who educated the children in Iroquois society?

Parents
29. List three types of jobs men were expected to do in Iroquois society.

Men cleared the fields, and built and repaired the longhouses. Other than that, their time was spent in trading and hunting, and preparing for war.
Go back to the main page and click on Clothing & Hair Style
30. What did the Iroquois make clothing from?

Deerskin
31. What did the Iroquois use to decorate their clothes?

Dyed porcupine quills

32. What type of hairstyle did Iroquois warriors have?

Mohawk
33. Were tattoos popular with the Iroquois?

Yes
Go back to the main page and click on Religion, The Great Spirit, and the False Face Society
34. What do the Iroquois believe about the Great Spirit?

The Great Spirit was the creator of all living things
35. What spirit did the Iroquois believe they would join in the afterlife?

Good Spirit
36. How did the Iroquois try to get rid of or scare an evil spirit away?

They used masks and chants and rattles and dance to scare the evil spirits and to chase them away
37. What did the False Face Society do each spring and fall?

They would scare off evil spirits by visiting peoples’ homes and make as much noise as possible
Go back to the main page and click on Wampum
38. How did the Iroquois use wampum?

It was used to write things down, and used as a symbol of position and title
39. How did colonists use wampum?

Wampum was used as money
40. What materials were used to make wampum?

Dyed beads or shells
Go back to the main page and click on Warriors, Weapons, Battle Techniques
41. What did the Iroquois make their bows and arrows out of?

Hickory or ash wood, the tips of arrows were make from deer or turtle bones
42. What did the Iroquois use to hunt birds?

Blowguns
43. What fighting skills did American colonists learn from the Iroquois?

To blend in with the landscape and fight like a guerillas
Go back to the main page and click on Travel
44. How did the Iroquois travel before European contact?

Canoe or by foot
Go back to the main page and click on Iroquois League of Nations
45. According to legend, what Mohawk leader created the League of Nations?

Hiawatha
46. List the five most powerful groups within the Iroquois:

Seneca, Mohawk, Oneida, Onondaga, and Cayuga
47. What did all of the Iroquois people have in common?

Same language, customs, religion
48. What was the primary purpose of the Iroquois League of Nations?

Peace
49. Who borrowed many ideas from the Iroquois League of Nations to create their own government?

United States of America
50. What grade would you give the Iroquois League of Nations?

A B C D F

Explain the reason behind your grade.
Answers will vary



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