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Les Iroquoiens


École Pointe-Lévy, Lévis, Quebec

Iroquoian Pottery

An Iroquoian or Ongwehonweh pot would have been carefully decorated while still wet, using a sharp bone or stick.  It was decorated with motifs made of lines and dots that had been handed down for generations.

The pot is shaped in a way so that there is a groove around the neck.  This allows for a rope to be tied under the rim so that the pot could be held in place over a fire – allowing the food inside the pot to cook.

Centuries of tradition and knowledge have gone into this kind of pottery.

The designs around the rim are not only for decorative purposes.  Each design speaks to an ancient story.
Maker: Iroquoian potter
1600 - 1650 AD

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