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 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...

 
 Cultural Corner    December 3, 2015

History of the Clans

Many thousands of years ago the population of the humans on the earth was very small. As years passed it increased consid­erably. Along with this increase many problems began to occur. Many new...

 
 Cultural Corner    November 25, 2015

IROQUOIS LEGEND: JOAGAH, TONEOAHYEN, GAHGAH (SENECA)

Submitted by the NNATC That year, all the planted fields around the village were bad. Although harvest time was drawing near, the squash were still the size of hazel nuts, and the bean pods were...

 
 Cultural Corner    November 19, 2015

A VISIT BY OUR GRANDFATHERS, THE THUNDERERS

Submitted by Native North American Travelling College I will tell you this story as it really happened, just the way I remember it. I truly believe that it was our Grandfathers who came to visit us...

 
 Cultural Corner    November 5, 2015

Okwari:kowa

Submitted by NNATC This is a Mohawk story that was told to children. A long, long time ago there was a village on the bend of a river. On one sunny...

 
 Cultural Corner    October 15, 2015

Iroquois Dice Game

Submitted by NNATC Six or eight dice are used, one side being marked the other side white or plain. You throw the dice on a blanket covered table....

 
 Cultural Corner    October 8, 2015

Ka'khowanen (Harvest Ceremony)

The Kaieri Niioriwake, Rotiianeshon and Kanistensera came together to set the date for Kakhowanen starting on Friday, October 16 and ending on Sunday, October 18, 2014. The leadership came to one...

 
 Cultural Corner    October 1, 2015

PINE TEA

Submitted by NNATC 1 branch (approx. 12” long) 1 gallon of water Chop up entire branch and add to water. Bring to a boil, let simmer for 15-20 minutes, cool and strain. Drink 4 cups a day until...

 
 Cultural Corner    September 24, 2015

Traditional Medicines

Submitted by Native North American Travelling College For thousands of years the knowledge of traditional medicines was relative to our environment and people (Rotinonhshon:ni) and have been vitally...

 
 Cultural Corner    September 17, 2015

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Harriet LaFrance Mohawk Name: Karihwaieri:ton (She fulfilled her obligation.) Snipe Clan Mohawk Elder Former Mohawk Teacher Singer in the Mohawk Choir of the St. Regis Church The way my mother told...

 

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