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mohawk turtle clan

Feathers mean a lot to Native American Tribes. A feather isn’t just something that falls out of a bird, it means much more. The feather symbolizes trust, honor, strength, wisdom, power, freedom and many more things.

Apesanahkwat, Former Tribal Chairman of Menominee Tribe, Wisconsin

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 This Six Nations dancer is of the Turtle clan. Her name is "Cohewenah" which means paddling down the river. The Mohawk nation reside in Eastern Canada.

Although we are in different boats, you in your boat and we in our canoe, we share the same river. -Chief Oren Lyons, Faithkeeper of the Turtle Clan of the Seneca Nations of the Iroquois Confederacy via She Sings to the Stars

Shelley Niro, a member of the Mohawk Nation, Iroquois Confederacy, Turtle Clan, Six Nations Reserve. The Shirt (2003) is a series of six photographs.

Young Native American dancer in full dress. The feathered head dress looks as though it's about to slip down over those big brown eyes.

Cherokee Indian Warrior from Oklahoma, Wes Studi, was also a famous actor.

Mohawk, Kahnawake reserve, Montreal, Canada