What Did the Erie Indians Do for Arts and Crafts?

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The Erie Indians created pottery for their arts and crafts as well as for practical uses such as holding food and water. The Indian Museum of Lake County, located in Ohio, has several impressive pottery shard samples from the Erie Indians.

The Erie Indians were a sedentary Iroquoian tribe that existed during the 17th century in the area south of Lake Erie through the Ohio River. There is little known about the Erie Indians from a historical standpoint or about their political and social organization as a tribe. Many historians believe that the tribe must have been similar to that of the Huron tribe.

The best records that are available about the Erie Indians are from the Jesuit Relations, which detail a tiny bit of their wars together and small pieces of tradition. What is known is that the Erie tribe was primarily sedentary and had both towns and villages. They also worked hard to cultivate the soil.

There are only two Erie villages that are known by name, and those are Rique and Gentaienton. The Erie Indians had a falling out with the Iroquois tribe, which ultimately led to the Erie Indian tribe's demise because the battles were consistently won by the Iroquois who far outnumbered the Erie Indians.