Iroquois Decision Making


Iroquois decision making
By: Mairi

This past week we have been working on learning the decision making process for the Iroquois. In class, we worked on either a flowchart or sketch notes of the decision making process. A lot of people didn't completely understand, so we tried it. We had to decide what day to hold our science test. We were divided up into tribes, Mohawk, Seneca, Oneida, Cayuga and Onondaga. First, the tribes of Mohawk and Seneca made a decision by consensus. They chose wednesday. Then the tribes of Oneida and Cayuga come to a consensus. They chose tuesday. And the Onondaga chose monday. So we tried again. That time, we switched. Mohawk and Seneca chose tuesday, and Cayuga and Oneida chose wednesday. The Onondaga chose monday again. So we tried again. This time, Seneca, Oneida, Cayuga and Mohawk agreed on tuesday. The Onondaga chose monday. So we tried again. The four tribes agreed on tuesday again. But the onondaga chose monday again! So our clan mother, miss major had a little chat with the chiefs. Eventually, we all agreed on tuesday, and tuesday it was. That is how the iroquois make decisions. I just hope it didn't take that many tries.

I thought this was a really good way to make decisions. This way, everyone agrees. Eventually.

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