Huron Indian Bands, Gens and Clans

Many tribes have sub-tribes, bands, gens, clans and phratry.  Often very little information is known or they no longer exist.  We have included them here to provide more information about the tribes.

  • Ataronchronon. One of the minor tribes of the Huron confederation, among whom the Jesuit mission of Sainte Marie was established. Jes. Rel. for 1640, 61, 1858.
  • Dasoak (flying). A clan of the Huron.

Huron Clans

Nothing definite was known of the clans of the Hurons until the appearance of Morgan’s Ancient Society in 1877, Powell’s Wyandot Government (1st Rep. B. A. E., 1881), and Connolley’s The Wyandots (Archaeol. Rep. Ontario, 92, 1899).

From the last writer, who corrects the work of the former authorities, the following list of Huron clans is taken:

  • Great Turtle
  • Little Water Turtle
  • Mud Turtle
  • Wolf
  • Bear
  • Beaver
  • Deer
  • Porcupine
  • Striped Turtle
  • Highland Turtle
  • Snake
  • Hawk.

These, according to Powell, were organized into four phratries or clan brotherhoods, but Connolley denies that four phratries ever existed. The evidence appears to indicate, however, that the four-phratry organization was merged into one of three, of which the Wolf clan constituted one and acted as executive and presiding officer.


Hodge, Frederick Webb, Compiler. The Handbook of American Indians North of Mexico. Bureau of American Ethnology, Government Printing Office. 1906.

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  1. I am looking for the meaning or symbology of the Striped Turtle Clan. What do they signify.

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