The Kanien'kehá:ka (Kanien'keha: People of the Flint), also known as the Mohawk, are one of the five original nations that make up the Haudenosaunee, or Iroquois Confederacy.
Originally from the area that would later become upstate New York and Quebec, the nation is known as the "elder brothers" and "keepers of the eastern door (of the long house)" to the other nations of the confederacy.
Due to their overwhelming support of the British Army during French and Indian and the American Revolutionary Wars, they were often subjected to slander, and were nicknamed "Mohawk". This insult originated from the Algonquian language, which means "flesh-eater".
At least one of their members, Ratonhnhaké:ton, joined the Assassin Order. His mother, Kaniehtí:io, brought him up alone, until she died underneath burning rubble when he was four years old. Also, one of Ratonhnhaké:ton's childhood friends was Kanen'tó:kon, with which their bond remained together into later life. Meanwhile, Oiá:ner was the Clan Mother of the Kanien'kehá:ka village of Kanatahséton, and showed Ratonhnhaké:ton the Crystal Ball where he learned of his destiny with the Assassins.
On a separate note, Atasá:ta was born into the Kanien'kehá:ka, but was trained separately by his father. Upon his father's death, Atasá:ta sought revenge on those responsible, and his genetic memories were later utilized in the Animus game console created by Abstergo Industries' entertainment branch.
American Revolutionary War
During the American Revolutionary War, due to unresolved conflicts with settlers encroaching into the Mohawk Valley, and outstanding treaty obligations to the British Crown, the Mohawk fought against the Continental Army. However, Ratonhnhaké:ton's village remained neutral to the fighting, as they were ordered by the First Civilization member Juno to protect the Grand Temple.
- The Kanien'kehá:ka speak English in The Tyranny of King Washington because the developers felt the Kanien'kéha language took too long to translate and present on screen, and that the primary game had already presented the language in an authentic manner so it was unnecessary for them to do it again.