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 Cultural Corner    August 20, 2015 

WEDDINGS AND CLANS

A young man of the Bear Clan and a young woman of the Wolf Clan plan to get married. This is proper, and their children will become good candidates to become Faithkeepers, Clan Mothers, or Rotiianehso...

 
 Cultural Corner    August 13, 2015

Ojibway Legend: The Spirit of the Corn

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 boastful. Their pride and arrogance made them wasteful....

 
 Cultural Corner    July 16, 2015

The Little People

Submitted by Native North American Travelling College In the olden times when my people lived more or less with nature's own way, when they were able...

 
 Cultural Corner    July 9, 2015

Giving of a Name

Amongst the Rotinonhsen:ni nations each of the clans have specific names that belong to each clan. A Bear Clan person must have a Bear Clan name. It is not proper for a Bear Clan person to have a...

 
 Cultural Corner    July 2, 2015

Story About the Plant "Golden Rod" Otsinekwar

Submitted by Native North American Travelling College Along time ago, there was an old lady who lived in a village. This old lady was very helpful to...

 
 Cultural Corner    June 25, 2015

THE THUNDERERS

Many summers in the past, a family was working in their garden when they noticed the dark clouds in the sky. When the big rain came, their daughter ran towards the Longhouse with her family. Before sh...

 
 Cultural Corner    June 18, 2015

ROTIHSKARE:WAKE THE BEAR CLAN & MEDICINE

Continued from last week… The next morning when the old woman got up the old man again was very sick. Again the old man told the Bear Clan woman where to go to find the proper medicinal plant and...

 
 Cultural Corner    June 11, 2015

ROTIHSKARE:WAKE THE BEAR CLAN & MEDICINE

Many years ago, before the arrival of the European people here in North America, the Creator came to visit his people. One day the Creator decided to check on his people to see if they were still...

 
 Cultural Corner    June 4, 2015

Clan Mothers- Iakoia:ne

Submitted by Native North American Traveling College In the Mohawk Nation there are nine Kontiianehson. They are the head women of a large extended family within each clan. They are the women who are...

 
 Cultural Corner    May 28, 2015

Legends of The Stone Giants

Submitted by Native North American Traveling College I will tell you the legend about the “Stone Giants” that used to roam about in this section and would devour people. You spoke of them the...

 
 Cultural Corner    May 14, 2015

SEED CEREMONY/KANEN'SHON:A

As Mother Earth awakens the people prepare to plant the seeds given to us by the Creator. The Faithkeepers will call a meeting to set the ceremony. The Chiefs and Clan Mothers are invited to come as...

 
 Cultural Corner    May 7, 2015

50 Chiefs

Submitted by Native North American Travelling College 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...

 
 Cultural Corner    April 23, 2015

The Great Ball Game between the Winged Birds and the Four Legged Animals

Submitted by the Native North American Travelling College Our grandfathers told us many stories that would relate to lacrosse and how one is to...

 
 Cultural Corner    April 16, 2015

How the birds got their feathers

Many winters in the past the creator of all things came to the earth to check on his creations. It was during the time when the leaves change color and fall to the earth. He saw that the trees were st...

 
 Cultural Corner    April 9, 2015

SEED CEREMONY/ KANEN'SHON:A

As Mother Earth awakens the people prepare to plant the seeds given to us by the Creator. The Faithkeepers will call a meeting to set the ceremony. The Chiefs and Clan Mothers are invited to come as...

 
 Cultural Corner    April 2, 2015

Origin of the Clan System

Continued from last week Now I have completed the task you have assigned to me. Don’t forget the things I have told you. The eldest female in each clan is responsible for carrying out her...

 
 Cultural Corner    March 26, 2015

Origin of the Clan System

Continued from last week He arrived at the lodge of another Ancient One and said, “I am thankful that the day has arrived in peace.” She replied, “I am also truly thankful!” Then he asked...

 
 Cultural Corner    March 19, 2015

Origin of the Clan System

Continued from last week He turned to the assembly and said, “Now we will cross the stream. We will camp here. Then the eldest woman from each family shall go and get water from the river to be...

 
 Cultural Corner    March 12, 2015

Origin of the Clan System

There was a time when the people of the earth first began to experience death. Death visited at close intervals and families were taken up with burying their dead. They would dig a hole in the ground...

 
 Cultural Corner    March 5, 2015

Wahta (Maple)

It was the time of the Great Tardiness of the year (Ennisko:wa) and people were hungry. Hunters left the village looking for game to feed their people; however, game was scarce. These hunters were...

 
 Cultural Corner    February 26, 2015

Circle Wampum: Rotinonhshonni Teiotiokwaonhaston

The original of this wampum record was made at the time of the Founding of the League and has been handed down through a line of Wampum Keepers until...

 
 Cultural Corner    February 19, 2015

Rabbit Dance

In a wild section of the Adirondack Mountains, there camped a hunting party of Mohawks. During the Leaf Falling Moon, many of the Mohawks left their main villages along the Mohawk River and travelled...

 
 Cultural Corner    February 12, 2015

OKWARIKOWA

This is a Mohawk story about a village on the bend of a river a long time ago. On one sunny day, a hunter was out in the forest looking for game. While walking along a trail, he stumbled on a hole....

 
 Cultural Corner    February 5, 2015

THE GIFT OF THE GREAT SPIRIT

The old Iroquois told the story to the young people to teach them to be kind to the aged. Many winters and summers in the past (arrow going back) there was an Iroquois village. One day, an old man...

 
 Cultural Corner    January 29, 2015

Importance of Names

Introduction of Own Name and Interpretation: A name is determined by your clan, gender, season, weather, or landmark event signifying the coming of a child. There are three main clans here amongst...

 

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