Woodland Iroquois Illustration

Daily Life in Olden Times
Northeast Iroquois Nation
for Kids


What was the job of the False Face Society? Who were the Three Sisters? What were the Snow Snake Games? Who was Hiawatha? Why was the League of Nations so unusual? What was wampum? Find out here. Welcome to the Iroquois Nations in Olden Times.

Who were the Iroquois?

There is a huge geographic area in the northeastern part of the United States that is known as the Woodlands. The Woodlands include all five great lakes - Lake Ontario, Erie, Huron, Michigan, and Superior - as well as the Finger Lakes and the Saint Lawrence River.

No early people had it easy, but the Woodland Region certainly offered many opportunities to find food and shelter. There were wild fruits and vegetables. There was plenty of wood available from birch, oak, elm, fir, and maple trees to use as firewood and to make homes and tools.

As early people wandered into the Woodland Region, many stayed. Thousands of years later, when European colonists began moving into the same area, they called these early people the Woodland Indians. By the time the European colonists arrived, there were many different groups of people who made their home in the Woodlands.

Today, the Iroquois people live like their non-Indian neighbors, but they still enjoy many of their old traditions. Click on the links below to explore the Iroquois Nation in olden times.

Wise Owl - An Iroquois Creation Myth
Wise Owl in PowerPoint format

The Invisible Warrior

What did the Iroquois Indians eat?

Farming and Agriculture

The Three Sisters

Wild Foods - Hunters and Gatherers

Storing Food

Here's a recipe for Iroquois boiled corn bread.
Try it. It's good!

Maple Syrup Candy Recipe

More Recipes

How did the Iroquois Indians live?


Sacred Trees


Marriage and Family Life


Clothing & Hair Style

Religion, The Great Spirit,
and the False Face Society

The Green Corn Festival

Seneca Indian Prayer


Snow Snake Games

Warriors, Weapons, Battle Techniques


Iroquois League of Nations

The Iroquois around 1500

More Games

See Also: European Explorers

Learn about other Native American groups

Free Presentations in PowerPoint format

Free Clip Art

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