Farming of the Iroquois

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Austin Gager 4/2010
Intro to Iroquois Professor Tarbell

The Farming of the Iroquois The first memory I have about learning of the Iroquois was in the fourth grade. It was the first day and my teacher was describing to us what we were going to cover that year. One topic that stuck in my head was Iroquois. She told us a brief history and I was instantly intrigued. We covered everything we could but very briefly since there is so much history behind them. Two things that I took interest in where, the long houses and the farming techniques of the Iroquois. So I was very happy to find in the table of contents of the required book of my Introduction to Iroquois class Farming and Fighting.
One reason I was instantly fascinated with the farming of the Iroquois is because the outdoors has always been a marvel for me. From when I was little I was curious about all living things. I live in and heir from a very rural area, which my father and I have covered much of when I was little. He got me attached to all living things. This is why the techniques the

Iroquois used were so amazing to me. In my local area there are many different types of plants grown for harvest. Many just like the Iroquois, such as maize, beans, and different types of squash and pumpkins. These foods are referred to as the Three Sisters. Corn and bean crops did not originate in the northeastern part of America but much more southern in the America’s. It intrigues me on how so long ago people knew how to horticulture to obtain better results for crops. Horticulture according to Webster’s dictionary is the study of plant propagation, crop production, plant breeding and genetic engineering to improve crop yield, quality, nutritional value, and resistance to insects. Iroquois may have not had exactly “studied” horticulture but through trial and error they became excellent at…...

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