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What language did the Iroquois speak?

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The Iroquois spoke six different languages, including Onondaga, Mohawk, Seneca, Cayuga, Oneida and Tuscarora. The languages have roots with other Native American languages, such as Huron and Cherokee.

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The Iroquois languages were spoken by several different Native American tribes. For instance, the Oneida language was spoken by the Oneida people, who were originally from New York but have reservations located in Ontario and Wisconsin. Unfortunately, the languages of the Iroquois are endangered as more Native Americans focus on speaking English rather than their native languages. For the Oneida language, for example, there are only a few dozen speakers left in the world with most people only knowing how to say a few key expressions and words.

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