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 Cultural Corner    February 16, 2017 

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...

 
 Cultural Corner    February 9, 2017

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,...

 
 Cultural Corner    February 2, 2017

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...

 
 Cultural Corner    January 26, 2017

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....

 
 Cultural Corner    December 15, 2016

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...

 
 Cultural Corner    December 8, 2016

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...

 
 Cultural Corner    December 1, 2016

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...

 
 Cultural Corner    November 23, 2016

Traditional Dress

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

 
 Cultural Corner    October 27, 2016

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...

 
 Cultural Corner    September 29, 2016

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...

 
 Cultural Corner    September 22, 2016

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...

 
 Cultural Corner    September 1, 2016

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...

 
 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...

 

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