BELIEFS AND CEREMONIES The Iroquois believed in many spirit forces. All of the spirits together are called "Orenda," the Mohalk word for "song." The Iroquois also belived that if you dreamed something, it had to happen. For example, if a soldier dreamt he had gotten injured, he would have to injure himself slightly to make it happen. Each village had a special longhouse where ceremonies, like the Eagle Dance, were held.
BURIAL PRACTISES To honour the deceased, the Iroquois held elaborate funerals. The bodies were placed in wooden scaffolds and buried in shallow graves then later exhumed. Finally, the bones were preserved and brought to relatives and loved ones.
MUSIC The Iroquois took their music very seriously. The songs varied in length, verses, and tempo. Some of their instruments include rattles, drums, flutes, and other percussive instruments. Their music was always very religious. Their instruments were used in social dances. Specific instruments include the water drum, the horn rattle, hard sticks, and beating from the foot.
TRANSPORTATION in the summer, the iroquois traveled barefoot because of the temperature. however, in the winter, they wore moccasins which were very warm. when travelling the iroquois mainly used canoes.
FOOD the Iroquois cooked in their longhouses or just outside of it. men killed animals like elk, deer, rabbit, and wolves. using nets, they caught wild turkeys, geese, ducks, herons and pigeons. when they fished they would herd the fish into traps. When they cooked, they would either cook inside or outside the longhouse.