Iroquois Indian Museum
dedicated to teaching about Iroquois
Native American culture through
archeology, history and contemporary art exhibits.
Who are the Haudenosaunee?
Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) are among
the Native American descendants
of the first people of this land.
They call themselves the Haudenosaunee,
which means «people who build a long house.»
The name Iroquois was
given to them by their neighbors
(Algonkian speaking people)
and then used by Europeans.
The original Five Nations
—Mohawk, Oneida, Onondaga, Cayuga, and Seneca—
became the Six Nations when the Tuscarora joined in 1722.
Members of other Native Nations were conquered,
adopted in the 1600s and 1700s,
or fled to Iroquois communities to escape
the encroachments of the new European settlers.
Today, the Iroquois live in 17 communities
in the United States, Canada, and in urban areas.
In the early 1600s, Iroquois villages centered in
what is known today as upstate New York.