Mohawk self name kanienkehaka people of the flint iroquoian speaking north american indian tribe and the easternmost tribe of the iroquois haudenosaunee confederacywithin the confederacy they were considered to be the keepers of the eastern door at the time of european colonization they occupied three villages west of what is now schenectady new york. Kanyenkehaka or kanienkehaka people of the chert commonly known as mohawk by non kanyenkehaka are indigenous peoples in north america they are the easternmost member of the haudenosaunee confederacy also referred to as the iroquois or six nations confederacy. The mohawk or mohawk river people were a tribe or band of the kalapuya who originally lived in the mohawk river area of present day oregon in the united states they spoke a dialect of the central kalapuya language like the other bands of the kalapuya the mohawk signed the treaty with the kalapuya etc in 1855 with the united states also known as the dayton treaty which was negotiated . The genetic history of indigenous peoples of the americas also named amerindians or amerinds in physical anthropology is divided into two sharply distinct episodes the initial peopling of the americas during about 20000 to 14000 years ago 20 14 kya and european contact after about 500 years ago the former is the determinant factor for the number of genetic lineages zygosity
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