An Ancient Bond with the Land
People of the Longhouse
The Forest and the Clearing
The worlds of Iroquoian women and men complemented and completed each other. The world of women consisted of the village and the clearings where crops were grown. The men's world was the forest away from the community where they hunted, fished and traded for resources not available in the village or its fields.
"...you ought to hear and listen to what we, women, shall speak, as well as the sachems (chiefs), for we are the owners of this land - and it is ours. It is we that plant it for our and their use."
Iroquois women in council with Colonel Proctor, 1791