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Why We Have Mosquitoes

By John Kahionhes Fadden A long time ago there were no tiny mosquitoes; just two giant ones that lived near a river. They would attack the people as...

 

A Seneca Story

Submitted By John Kahionhes Fadden A classic Seneca story talks about a young boy. The boy, his family, and others lived in a village on a hill above...

 

Two-Row Wampum

Reprinted from Wampum Belts of the Iroquois by Tehanetorens This belt symbolizes the agreement and conditions under which the Iroquois welcomed the...

 

The Coming of the People with White Faces - A Record Belt

Reprinted from Wampum Belts of the Iroquois by Tehanetorens This belt records the condition of the early white people who came to the Iroquois...

 

The Rabbit Dance

Submitted By John Kahionhes Fadden During a hunting trip into the Adirondacks two boys took off on their own to explore and to mimic their elders by...

 

Emigration Belt

Reprinted from Wampum Belts of the Iroquois by Tehanetorens It is provided thus: When a person or family belonging to the Five Nations desires to...

 

How The Birds Got Their Feathers

Submitted by John Kahionhes Fadden Many winters and summers in the past the Creator came to the earth to see the many works He had produced. He saw...

 

Adoption Pledge Wampum String

It is provided thus: The father of a child of great comeliness, learning ability or specially loved because of some circumstances may, at the will of...

 

Condolence Belt

Reprinted from Wampum Belts of the Iroquois by Tehanetorens This belt was used in the mourning ceremonies for a Chief (Hoyaneh). The two diamonds...

 

Ken'Niiohontesha (Strawberry) Ceremony

The Mohawk Nation Council of Chiefs, Clan Mothers, and Faithkeepers announce Strawberry Ceremony to be held Sunday, June 18, 2017 at 8:00 a.m. The Leadership agreed on how the proceedings will go. It...

 

CONDOLENCE STRINGS

Reprinted from Wampum Belts of the Iroquois by Tehanetorens It is provided thus: if a chief of the League should die while the Council of the Five...

 

Chief's Pledge Wampum

Reprinted from Wampum Belts of the Iroquois by Tehanetorens It is provided thus: When a candidate chief is to be installed, he shall furnish four...

 

Ransom Belt

Reprinted from Wampum Belts of the Iroquois by Tehanetorens This belt was used by the women of the nation to symbolize their authority for adopting a...

 

Adodarhoh Belt

Reprinted from Wampum Belts of the Iroquois by Tehanetorens It is provided thus: To you, Adodarhoh and your cousin chiefs, fourteen of you altogether, this shall be your duty. You shall keep The...

 

HOSPITALITY OR WELCOME BELT

Reprinted from Wampum Belts of the Iroquois by Tehanetorens This belt records certain laws of the Confederacy and was used in the League councils by...

 

THREE SISTERHOOD

Reprinted from Wampum Belts of the Iroquois by Tehanetorens Long ago when the Mohawk People lived in the villages beside the Mohawk River in what is...

 

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...

 

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