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The Story of John Saiowisakeron Fire

Before there was an elected system of governance in Akwesasne, the community was governed by Community Life Chiefs. These Life Chiefs were known as...

 

BELT OF THE UNITY OF THE CLANS

Reprinted from Wampum Belts of the Iroquois by Tehanetorens This belt was one of the Constitutional Memorials and signified the essential unity of...

 

Donehogawah War Belt

This belt was formerly held by Donehogawah or General Ely S. Parker. It means "Five Council Fires" or "Death Belt" of the five Iroquois Nations, the...

 

Red Painted War Belt

Any belt could be used as a war belt by painting it red. It is provided thus: The title names of the War Chiefs of the League shall be as follows: Ayonewehs, War Chief under Chief Takarihoken...

 

War Belt

Reprinted from Wampum Belts of the Iroquois by Tehanetorens It is provided thus: There shall be one War Chief from each nation, and their duties...

 

Record of Chiefs of Mohawk Nation

Reprinted from Wampum Belts of the Iroquois by Tehanetorens Mohawk Clan Chieftainship wampum strings are a record of the leaders of the Mohawk...

 

Women's Nominating Belt

Reprinted from Wampum Belts of the Iroquois by Tehanetorens Among the Iroquois, women have the privilege of nominating the Chiefs. It is provided thus: We give and assign the sacred chieftainship...

 

Peace Pact Wampum Strings

Reprinted from Wampum Belts of the Iroquois by Tehanetorens It is provided thus: A bunch of wampum strings, three spans of the hand in length, the upp...

 

Wampum Strings

Reprinted from Wampum Belts of the Iroquois by Tehanetorens It is provided thus: Any Chief of the League of the Five Nations may construct shell strings or wampum belts of any size or length as...

 

Wing or Dust Fan of the Confederate Nations

Reprinted from Wampum Belts of the Iroquois by Tehanetorens This belt is the widest belt known. It represents an ever-growing tree. It is provided...

 

Wampum Belts

By Tehanetorens Hiawatha (Ayonwatha) Belt The Hiawatha (Ayonwatha) Belt, a broad dark belt of wampum of thirty-eight rows, having a white heart or...

 

The Charter of the League of the Five Nations

This is a record of the foundation of the Confederacy when it was formed around 1452 (or much earlier) by the Great Peacemaker and his helper Ayonwatha (Hiawatha). Of all Iroquois wampum records,...

 

Wampum Belts of the Iroquois

By Tehanetorens Facts About Wampum While reading a wampum belt, special care was made to hold the belt correctly. Usually when the message or speech was half finished, the speaker would turn the belt...

 

Wampum Belts

By Tehanetorens To most people a wampum belt means any beaded belt made by Indians. Glass beads were introduced by white traders, and with these the Indian people did beautiful embroidery work....

 

Sewing Methods

Reprinted from "Traditional Dress" by Adolf Hungrywolf Hand-sewn items are generally stitched up inside out. When the completed item is turned right...

 

Introduction to Sewing

Reprinted from “Traditional Dress” by Adolf Hungrywolf Most anything is easy to sew by hand, as long as you use common sense. Patience is the most difficult requirement. Anyone can produce fine...

 

The Old Ways of Dressing

Reprinted from Traditional Clothes by Adolf Hungrywolf "It has always been observed that all the various tribes have a close resemblance in their...

 

Traditional Dress

Reprinted from Traditional Dress by Adolf Hungrywolf Introduction The Native American People, back in the Old Days, dressed according to tribal tradit...

 

Ka'khowanen (Harvest Ceremony)

The Kaieri Niioriwake, Rotiianeshon and Kanistensera came together to set the date for Kakhowanen starting on Friday, November 4 and ending on Sunday, November 6, 2016. The leadership came to one...

 

Kanon:sesne Ceremony Protocol

Submitted by Native North American Travelling College When we, the Haudenosaunee People, have ceremonies, we have certain obligations that we must...

 

Kariwi:io (Good Mind) Ceremony

The Ceremonial fires throughout the Haudenosaunee Confederacy will come together on October 2, 2016 to put though the Kariwi:io Ceremony for the leadership and people of Akwesasne. This will start on...

 

How to Have a Social

1. You need a speaker to do the Opening Thanksgiving Address, or Ohen:ton karihwatehkwen. 2. You need a speaker for announcing dances, the lead singers, and the lead dancers. This person is called in...

 

Ojibway Legend: The Spirit of the Corn

Submitted by Native North American Travelling College A long time ago, there lived a group of Ojibway people who had a bountiful harvest of corn. So plentiful was this crop that the people became...

 

50 Chiefs

In the early years of the Haudenosaunee there was a dark era, a time when our ancestors fought amongst one another. Our ancestors had forgotten all of the Creator’s instructions on how to live here...

 

Cornhusk Doll

Submitted by Native North American Travelling College The Iroquois people have what they call the three sisters, the “sustainers of life.” These sisters are corn, beans, and squash. The corn...

 

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