Among the Iroquoians, tasks were divided by gender. Men’s work and women’s work complemented one another. For example, men cleared the fields for farming, and women did the farming.

Hunting and fishing

To supplement the food that came from farming, men hunted and fished. Hunting was more important to some nations than to others. Still, hunting always involved travelling, which meant the men had to leave the village for a while.


War was also a man’s job. It, too, required them to leave the village for various lengths of time. During times of war, only the women, children and the elderly were left in the village. Relations with other nations, be they friend or foe, were the responsibility of Iroquoian men. Men played an important political role. Civil chiefs and war chiefs were always men.

Author: Service national du Récit de l’univers social

See also:

Survival activities: gathering, hunting, fishing and farming



Division of labour – Division du travail
Seasonal activities – Activités saisonnières

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