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 Cultural Corner    August 18, 2016 

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...

 
 Cultural Corner    August 11, 2016

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...

 
 Cultural Corner    July 28, 2016

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...

 
 Cultural Corner    July 21, 2016

Sagoianawasai - Our Grandfather

After Satkonseriio, the Good Spirit, had created the creatures of the earth, he decided to inspect his work. As he walked over the earth, he saw a stranger who was a giant with a very large ugly...

 
 Cultural Corner    July 7, 2016

Seneca: The Little People and the Greedy Hunters

Submitted by Native North American Travelling College The little people who lived in the early world left their carvings to beautify rocks and cliffs and caves. And they helped the early Native...

 
 Cultural Corner    June 16, 2016

Strawberry Ceremony / Niiohontehsa / June or July

Submitted by NNATC It’s late June, children are playing outside roaming in the fields and suddenly they find the Strawberry ripened on the vine. They tell their parents it’s time to pick...

 
 Cultural Corner    June 9, 2016

The Little Bird's Arrow

Submitted by NNATC Wesakaychak was a harmful person who had the power to change into any form to accomplish his use. To prove his intelligence, he...

 
 Cultural Corner    May 26, 2016

WEDDINGS AND CLANS

Submitted by NNATC 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...

 
 Cultural Corner    May 5, 2016

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...

 
 Cultural Corner    April 28, 2016

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 14, 2016

AHSTONWA'KO:WA Great Feather Dance

Submitted by NNATC The Great Feather Dance belongs to all life and is one of the Creator’s truly great songs. I have heard some of our elders and this is what they said: “The Great Feather Dance...

 
 Cultural Corner    April 7, 2016

The Thunder Boy

Submitted by NNATC This legend happened long ago on an island in the St. Lawrence River. The island is called by the Akwesasne Mohawks, Tekatarenre,...

 
 Cultural Corner    March 24, 2016

THUNDER CEREMONY (WASASE)

Submitted by NNATC Thunder Ceremony is held twice a year, once in the spring and once in the fall. Tobacco is needed from everyone who attends. Food items are: strawberry drink, fried bread, and corn...

 
 Cultural Corner    March 17, 2016

HATHISESTHATA -- MAPLE CEREMONY

The celebration of the Maple Sugar is the first event that takes place after the Midwinter Ceremonies have taken place. It is held in the month of February before the 2nd celebration of the Sap that...

 
 Cultural Corner    March 10, 2016

WAHTA (MAPLE)

As I know it, this story happened long ago. 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...

 
 Cultural Corner    March 3, 2016

Spring Defeats Winter (Seneca)

When the world was new, long ago, an old man was wandering around. This old man had long, white hair and wherever he stepped the ground grew hard as...

 
 Cultural Corner    February 25, 2016

The Story of Niagara

Submitted by Native North American Travelling College As far back as people can remember, the waters of the Niagara have been falling into the deep gorge, its thundering stream swallowing up...

 
 Cultural Corner    February 18, 2016

Iroquois Snow Snake

Submitted by Native North American Travelling College Back when the Iroquois still lived in their Longhouse villages, they used to endure long and harsh winters. They say in those days that the snow...

 
 Cultural Corner    February 11, 2016

Why We Have Mosquitoes

Submitted by Native North American Travelling College Many winters in the past two giant mosquitoes appeared on the side of a river. These giant...

 
 Cultural Corner    February 4, 2016

PUTTING SAP INTO TREES

Submitted by Native North American Travelling College In the time of the Great Tardiness (Feb.) our Elder Brother the Sun brings warmth to Mother Earth. The snow starts to melt and the buds reappear...

 
 Cultural Corner    January 28, 2016

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 Cultural Corner    January 21, 2016

Peach Stone Game "Kaientowa:nen"

Submitted by Native North American Travelling College The seventh and final day of Sha’tekohsehkwen is the “Peach Stone Game” (kaientowa:nen) this is also called the “betting game.” This is...

 
 Cultural Corner    January 14, 2016

Kaien'kwaroketskwas

Submitted by Native North American Travelling College The sacrifice you will use to solidify this Ceremony (Stirring Ashes) is a White Dog. The dog must be pure white. There can’t be any black...

 
 Cultural Corner    January 7, 2016

Shatekohsehrhon (Midwinter Ceremonies) to begin January 14, 2016

At the End of season ceremony after the Faithkeepers put through the Standing Quiver Dance, the Faithkeepers released the men (hunters) to go out and...

 
 Cultural Corner    December 10, 2015

History of the Clans

Submitted by Native North American Travelling College Continued from last week… The following day another elderly lady from one of the families gave thanks to the Creator, and then went down to the...

 

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