Iroquois Native Americans in Olden Times for Kids and Teachers - Farming/Agriculture Illustration

Daily Life in Olden Times
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Northeast Iroquois Native Americans


Farming provided most of the Iroquois diet.

The Iroquois made tools for farming. One tool was a wooden rake for leveling the soil. Another was a wooden spade used to dig the soil.

They used seeds to plant corn, squash, green beans, lima beans, kidney beans, pumpkin, melon, and tobacco. The three sisters were the most important crops.

The women owned the land and tended the fields. The women harvested the crops. The clan mother was the boss.

The Iroquois were very grateful for their harvests. They held six festivals each year to say prayers of thanks to their gods.

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Storing Food

Iroquois Food - Main Menu

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