Hiawatha: The Hiawatha Belt -Hiawatha (also known as Ayenwatha, Aiionwatha, or Haiëñ'wa'tha in Onondaga) was a pre-colonial Native American leader and co-founder of the Iroquois confederacy. Depending on the version of the narrative, he was a leader of the Onondaga, or the Mohawk or both. According to some versions, he was born an Onondaga, but adopted into the Mohawk. I am smidge Mohawk, and Cherokee.
Iroquoian Longhouse Each of the Five Iroquois Nations (later Six) had its own language, its own name and its own history but collectively they called themselves Haudenosaunee,(People of the Long House). In order from east to west they were: (a) Mohawk (Man Eaters) at the eastern door; they were the "People of the Flint." (b) Oneida (A Rock set up and standing) They were the "People of the Stone." (c) Onondaga (On the hill or mountain) They were the "People of the Mountain."
The Iroquois Indians once lived along the St. Lawrence River which is located in what is now known as New York State. The tribe had about five tribes “underneath” them, including the Mohawk, Oneida, Seneca, and Cayuga.
Iroquois Longhouse - Established in either 1142 or 1451, the Five Nations Iroquois confederacy consisted of the Mohawks, the Oneidas, the Onondagas, the Cayugas, and the Senecas. When the Tuscaroras joined in 1712 the union adapted the name Haudenosaunee, which translates to mean “six separate Indian nations”. In treaties and other colonial documents they were known as the “Six Nations.”