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I have seen that Haudenosaunee has their own flag, but what does it mean?
The flag represent the original five nations that were united by Peacemaker. The tree in the middle represent a white pine, where the needles are gathered in groups of five. The flag is based upon Hiawatha Wampum Belt; a symbol of the former enemies buried their weapons underneath "The Great Tree of Peace" and became one nation.

© John Kahiones Fadden

When you read Hiawatha Wampum Belt (as seen here), the first square from left represent Seneca, the second square Cayuga. The tree in the middle represent Onondaga. The square right of the tree represent Oneida and the last square represent Mohawk.

If you read the flag 'upside down', the tree becomes a heart that represents that Onondaga is the centre of the Haudenosaunee Confederacy.

Which nations are the Haudenosaunee?
Seneca, Cayuga, Onondaga, Oneida, Mohawk and Tuscarora

How many Iroquois are there?
It is hard to establish the exact number but in January 2915, Doug George Kanentio mentioned 105,592 enrolled Iroquois in New York, Ontario, Quebec, Oklahoma, Alberta and Wisconsin.

Here is how it breaks down:

In Canada there are 67,624 Iroquois.
5,977 are from the Oneidas of the Thames
2,411 are from Kanesatake
10,653 from Kahnawake
776 from Wahta
9,295 from Tyendinaga
25,660 from Ohsweken
12,102 from Akwesasne
750 from the Michel’s Band of Iroquois in Alberta

In the US there are 37,968 Iroquois:
2,412 from Cattaraugus
1,473 from Onondaga
693 from Tonawanda
1,152 from Tuscarora
1,020 from Allegany
1,100 from Oneida
3,288 from the “US” side of Akwesasne
21,321 from Oneida, Wisconsin
5,059 from the Seneca/Cayuga of Oklahoma
450 Cayugas at Cattaraugus

© Doug George Kanentiio, January 2015, https://www.indiantime.net/story/2015/01/08/opinion/iroquois-population-update/16409.html

Which clans do the Haudenosaunee have?
In total there are nine different clans. Each nation has its own clans that varies in number from three to seven.
Seneca Cayuga Onondaga Tuscarora Oneida Mohawk
Wolf Wolf Wolf Wolf Wolf Wolf
Bear Bear Bear Bear Bear Bear
Turtle Turtle Turtle Turtle Turtle Turtle
Snipe Snipe - Snipe - -
Deer - Deer Deer - -
Beaver - Beaver Beaver - -
Heron Heron - - - -
Hawk - Hawk - - -
- - Eel Eel - -

Do you have a Native American name?
Yes, I do. It was given to me by a friend, Tee.

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