Iroquois indian coloring pages

The most common name for the confederacy, Iroquois, is of somewhat obscure origin. The first time it appears in writing is in the account of Samuel de Champlain of his journey to Tadoussac in 1603, where it occurs as “Irocois”. Other spellings appearing in the earliest sources include “Erocoise”, “Hiroquois”, “Hyroquoise”, “Irecoies”, “Iriquois”, “Iroquaes”, “Irroquois”, and “Yroquois”, as the French transliterated the term into their own phonetic system. In the French spoken at the time, this would have been pronounced as [irokwe] or [irokwɛ]. Over the years, several competing theories have been proposed for this name’s ultimate origin. The earliest was by the Jesuit priest Pierre François Xavier de Charlevoix, who wrote in 1744: