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The great Iroquois Confederacy was a powerful Six Nation indian group that played a strategic role in the conflict between the French and the British in the seventeenth and eighteenth century.  The first Iroquois people date back to 100-1300 A.D.  They were a successful corn-growing people called Owasco.  They lived along the valleys, mountains, and flatlands of upper New York State.  Owasco houses were covered with slabs of elms´ bark longer than a modern football field. Deganawidah, a man said to have been born from a virgin mother had a vision in which he saw the Five Nations drawn together, unified.  According to Iroquois tradition, there was once a time where all the tribes were locked in bloody, gruesome, and endless warfare.  The Iroquois, Deganawidah argued, must stop quarreling with one another.  “They must live in harmony and justice by forming a government of law.”  Nobleman Hiawatha of Mohawk was deeply motivated by Deganawidah that he went out and spread the message amongst the tribes traversing the area that is now New York State.  The laws of the confederacy , the customs that were to be followed were argued then agreed upon before they were placed. The first council decreed that from then on that all council meetings will be held in Onondaga for generations to come. The Onondaga became the “warm Keepers”, by Iroquois custom, all important statements were to be accompanied by a gift, ensuring that the statement was important and true.  The Iroquois made clothes from soft deerskin, the women and men wore leggings, shirts, and moccasins.  Women wore a skirt or a dress that covered most of their leggings.  In the winter, the men added a smock that went down to their knees for warmth. They decorated their clothes with dyed porcupine quills.  The women wore their hair long. Warriors wore their hair in a “mohawk” – a wide stripe of hair left down the middle of their head.  Men removed all body hair by scraping it off.  Both men and women decorated their bodies with tattoos. Native Americans an illustrated history pages 97-105,