Jul 22, 2011 9:15 AM
The Seneca nation, or the People of the Hill, were one of the six tribes that made up the Iroquois League--a federation of indigenous peoples who lived in and around New York and Southeastern Canada. They call themselves Haudenosaunee, or People of the Longhouse. Faced with cold winters and a non-migratory, farming lifestyle, entire clans--up to 60 people--could live in one longhouse together. The Seneca were a matriarchal society, deferring the decisions and land ownership to the women. Wear the Amrita Singh Seneca Necklace ($100) when you need a boost, and remember the Seneca Clan Mothers and women who confidently ruled a nation!