Voices in the woods...The Iroquois.  The Haudenosaunee Confederacy.  The People of the Longhouse.

The original Five Nations . . .   the Mohawk, Oneida, Onondaga, Cayuga and Seneca . . .  formed a Confederacy around 1570 with the Tuscarora Nation joining in 1722.   The Six Nations, or Haudenosaunee Confederacy was complete and endures today.

Wars, disease, internal strife, external pressures, assimilation and rejection are all part of the history of theApproximate territories of the Five Nations in the 1600's Haudenosaunee.   Several of these aspects continue to trouble the Haudenosaunee today.

With traditional and present homelands located in relatively heavily populated regions of Canada and the United States, the Haudenosaunee are surrounded by outside influences.  The dominant culture both challenges resolve and distracts attention for the traditional way of life.  Off-reserve living provides its own set of problems especially in the many urban environments.

Following the the links below will provide many views and perspectives of life for the Haudenosaunee, both past and present.  There are many voices with many opinions.  This should come as no surprise for a Confederacy of Six Nations which deals with two federal governments, a state and two provincial A gift from the Creator governments while managing to coordinate internal efforts of both elected and Traditional governments from within.

Frankly, one has to be amazed it works as well as it does.  It may serve as the best example of the determination of the Haudenosaunee . . . People of the Longhouse.