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1 Iroquois Seasons and Festivals
The Iroquois Year – Divided into 2 Parts – Growing and Sleeping

2 Year is divided into Months or “Moons”
Examples of some Iroquois Moon names: The Frogs are Peeping – Summer The End of Leaves – Fall When I Cough - Winter

3 The Iroquois year was named and dated by the major events within them….
In the time of our great, great grandfathers….. The Year of Katrina – 2005 ________________________ - Seventh Grade

4 Iroquois Festivals The Iroquois year began when the Earth woke up.
First festival of spring was called “Thanks to the Maple” Purpose – Give thanks to the Maple tree and forest and to the Creator for both. Activities – Dancing, games , burning tobacco, ends with feast.

5 2nd Festival: Planting Festival
Purpose – to plant food for the tribe. Activities- women prepared Earth with bone tools for planting.

6 3rd Festival : Strawberry Festival
Purpose – village hunt for fresh strawberries. Activities – gave thanks for fresh fruit

7 4th Festival: Green Corn Festival
Purpose –honored master of life Activities –gave thanks, named babies born after Midwinter festival, dancing, singing, feast

8 5th Festival: Harvest Festival
Purpose – prepared for long, hard winter, harvested food Activities –Harvested food, gathered crops, dug pits for storage

9 6th Festival: Midwinter Festival
Purpose- give praise and power back to “Master of Life” Get ready for a new year Activities- Naming of children born since Green Corn Festival Clean out home

10 What is Culture? Culture is a way of life shared by a group of people.
*******Geography affects your culture*******

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