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Turtle Clan

Basically the Mohawks, and the Iroquois nations, are a matriarchy. The woman carries the lineage; she is an authority or the head of the clan...your clan is passed down by birth, you carry that clan until death, you can never pass it.

MOHAWK GIRL, Johnny Lee. Portrait of a Six Nations dancer of the Turtle clan named "Cohewenah" which means paddling down the river.

Men's fancy and hoop dancer Samsoche Sampson, Seneca, snipe clan

Young Native American dancer in full dress

Oren Lyons, Faithkeeper of the Turtle Clan, Onondaga Council of Chiefs of the Haudenosaunee