An Ancient Bond with the Land
People of the Longhouse
The People of Longhouses
Within the Iroquoian village, longhouses were important activity centres. People lived and worked in and around them. These homes sheltered several families related through the women. If need be, the longhouse could be physically extended to make more room for new residents.
Longhouses brought together, under a single roof, people related through the female line. To the Iroquoian people, the longhouse symbolized all of society. This society was based on relationships between and through women, and on cooperation for everyone's support and benefit.