St. Lawrence Iroquoians, Corn People
The Iroquoians of the St. Lawrence valley, a fascinating page in our history
At one time the Northern Iroquoian language groups comprised about 120,000 people in some 25 nations, spread out over 230,000 km2 – an area the size of Great Britain – stretching along both sides of the St. Lawrence River, east of the Great Lakes and down into present-day northern New York State. These Iroquoians were essentially horticulturists, growing mainly maize, or corn.
The St. Lawrence Iroquoians exhibition looks at only part of this vast territory and focuses on the Iroquoians living on the shores of the St. Lawrence between the 14th and 16th centuries. It examines their lifestyle, social structure and their pottery, with its unique signature. This is what the exhibition invites visitors to explore, through some 130 artifacts bringing to life the horticulturists who introduced corn to the St. Lawrence valley.