The wise turtle became the progenitor of the turtle clan. He taught his children to deliberate carefully upon all matters of importance; to give attention and careful consideration to the counsels of their elders; and to work in unity in whatever they undertook. Iroquois Clan System[Iroquois Museum - Howe Caverns] The Clans of the Mohawk Tribe Are Bear, Turtle, and Wolf: The Mohawk Nation was divided into two sections, or moieties. A moiety (from the French word for half) is a grouping of clans. The Wolf and Turtle Clan form one moiety, and the Bear Clan was the other.

The Wolf Clan is considered a cousin to the Turtle Clan and an uncle to the Bear Clan. The Turtle Clan is the older brother to the Bear Clan. Symbols of the clans can be seen everywhere throughout the Oneida Nation Reservation; on the tribal logo, the Human Resources Department orientation folder, and throughout the Oneida Tribal School. Clans Clans are the Seneca's traditional social unit. Clans are groups of families that share a common female ancestry which are named after animals that provided special assistance to the Seneca. They are divided into two categories, birds and animals. The four bird clans The four animal clans Deer Turtle Hawk Beaver Heron Wolf Snipe Bear Long ago, members of the same clan were considered ...