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1. A family of North American Indian languages of the eastern part of Canada and the United States that includes Cayuga, Mohawk, Oneida, Onondaga, Seneca, Tuscarora, Cherokee, Erie, Huron, and Wyandot.
2. A member of an Iroquoian-speaking people.
Of or constituting the Iroquoian language family.


(Languages) a family of North American Indian languages including Cherokee, Mohawk, Seneca, Oneida, and Onondaga: probably related to Siouan
1. (Peoples) of or relating to the Iroquois, their culture, or their languages
2. (Languages) of or relating to the Iroquois, their culture, or their languages


(ˌɪr əˈkwɔɪ ən)

1. a family of American Indian languages, including Huron, the languages of the Iroquois Five Nations, and Cherokee, spoken or formerly spoken in the E Great Lakes region and parts of the eastern U.S.
2. a member of an Iroquoian-speaking people.
3. of or pertaining to the Iroquois or the language family Iroquoian.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.Iroquoian - a family of North American Indian languages spoken by the Iroquois
American-Indian language, Amerind, Amerindian language, American Indian, Indian - any of the languages spoken by Amerindians
Cherokee - the Iroquoian language spoken by the Cherokee
Cayuga - the Iroquoian language spoken by the Cayuga
Mohawk - the Iroquoian language spoken by the Mohawk
Seneca - the Iroquoian language spoken by the Seneca
Oneida - the Iroquoian language spoken by the Oneida
Onondaga - the Iroquoian language spoken by the Onondaga
Tuscarora - the Iroquoian language spoken by the Tuscarora
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A few shortcomings: While material from the Great Lakes, Southeast and Plateau regions are especially well represented, the diverse forms of floral beadwork from the Northeastern Woodlands are noticeably less well documented, and this section might have been improved with more in-depth analysis of Iroquoian and Wabanaki styles.
The ancient Hebrew culture had priests and judges; Iroquoian societies had sachems and shamans; we have church and state.
Chafe's paper deals with one of the main markers at the basis of complex syntactic constructions in Seneca, a Northern Iroquoian language: the most common word in that language, the particle neh.
In an essay about this work, Paul Chaat Smith tells us that the installation "forms the shape of an Iroquoian longhouse.
Among the topics are the Lockean basis of Iroquoian land ownership, traditional knowledge and Euro-Canadian governance processes in northern land-claim boards, policy recommendations for responding to climate change in Nunavit, non-timber forest products and aboriginal traditional knowledge, the harvest of Beluga whales in Canada's Western Arctic, the need to reduce the risk of unsafe drinking water in First Nations communities, aboriginal rights to fish in British Columbia, corporations and aboriginal people and the Mackenzie Valley Pipeline, and the Diavik Diamond Mine as an example of aboriginal partnerships in Canada.
Conferences, such as the September conference, are on-going, and include inspirational talks, such as on how the Mohawks preserve their language, which helped the Huron-Wendats to think in terms of an Iroquoian language model, unlike the now more familiar French one.
We also worked together to help others excavate an Iroquoian long house in Canada and Sheridan Cave in Ohio, which contained the remains of a 6-foot giant beaver, a short-faced bear, and a peccary and was featured in a Discovery Channel documentary.
Through the dance production Kaha:wi, Santee, a Mohawk artist from Six Nations of the Grand River whose talents include dancer, singer, choreographer and pottery maker, attempted to fuse traditional and contemporary Iroquoian song and dance without affecting the cultural or artistic integrity of either.
Kaha:wi, which means "she carries" in Mohawk, is an hour-long exploration of the natural world and the cycle of life that uses Iroquoian symbols and cultural concepts.
The analysis highlights key features of traditional Iroquoian discourse as they appear in the song text, and ties those discursive strategies to the social and political context of the performance venue, the songwriter's family and the Six Nations community.
7) "Linked arms" was a traditional Iroquoian diplomatic metaphor signifying a very close relationship between two groups.