Native American children learned from the parents and grandparents. They worked side-by-side with their parents, learning the jobs necessary to keep the tribe alive. Girls learned how to grow, harvest and preserve crops, how to skin animals and make clothes, and how to tend the young and the sick.

Boys learned how to hunt and fish, how to track animals and skin them, how to build longhouses and wigwams, and how to protect the tribe.

Elders had a special role in educating the young through storytelling. In this image, the elder is telling a story to the young people, perhaps about how their tribe came to be. The stories were passed down through the generations.

Click here to read more about some of the Native American stories.

Stories the Iroquois Tell Their Children.png