noun \ˈmō-ˌhk\
plural Mohawk or Mohawks

Definition of MOHAWK

:  a member of an American Indian people of the Mohawk River valley, New York
:  the Iroquoian language of the Mohawk people
:  a hairstyle with a narrow center strip of usually upright hair and the sides of the head shaved

Origin of MOHAWK

of Algonquian origin; akin to Narragansett or Massachusett Mohowawog Mohawk, literally, cannibal
First Known Use: 1634


geographical name \ˈmō-ˌhk\

Definition of MOHAWK

river 148 miles (238 kilometers) E cen New York flowing E into Hudson River


noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

North American Indian people, the easternmost group of the Iroquois Confederacy, living in Canada and the U.S. Their language is a member of the Iroquoian language family. Their name for themselves is Kahniakehake, which means “people of the flint,” and within the confederacy they were considered to be the “keepers of the eastern door.” Traditionally the Mohawk lived near what is now Schenectady, N.Y. They were semisedentary; women raised crops of corn (maize), and men hunted during the fall and winter and fished during the summer. Related families lived together in longhouses. Most Mohawk sided with the British in both the French and Indian War and the American Revolution, in the latter under Joseph Brant. By the mid-20th century the Mohawk had garnered a strong reputation as structural ironworkers; many have been involved in the building of major bridges and skyscrapers. Early 21st-century population estimates indicated some 47,000 individuals of Mohawk descent.


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