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 Cultural Corner    October 16, 2014 

OKWARIKOWA

This is a Mohawk story that was long time ago there was a village on the bend of a river. On one sunny day, a hunter was out in the forest looking...

 
 Cultural Corner    October 9, 2014

Harvest Ceremony- Kaienthokwen/Enhontekwaro:roke

The Harvest Ceremony is done around the fall time when the gardens, and all plant life have been picked. We give thanks for what we had asked for during Mid-Winter Ceremony. The Four Sacred Ceremonies...

 
 Cultural Corner    October 2, 2014

Three Sisters Planting System

The Three Sisters are corn, beans, and squash. Together they are considered the sustainers of life. The Three Sisters teaches us that everyone has...

 
 Cultural Corner    September 25, 2014

Wampum Belts General Overview

Today many imitation wampum belts are made of glass beads introduced by European traders. A true wampum bead is made of the quahog or round clam...

 
 Cultural Corner    September 18, 2014

The Corn husk Doll

The story tells us the three (sisters corn, beans, and squash) are the "sustainers of life". The corn Spirit was so thrilled at being one of the...

 
 Cultural Corner    September 11, 2014

THE IROQUOIS WOMENS ROLE IN THE LONGHOUSE

In the old days the Iroquois extended their household “matriarchal” giving the women outright ownership to the land and housing. There were no discontinuities in her upbringing. She was the one...

 
 By Sesi King    Cultural Corner    September 4, 2014

Kanienkehaka / Mohawk naming still exists and honored

Recently, a very important issue has surfaced with the use of our Kanienkeha given names. Originally, our people in Ahkwesahsne were given one name at birth in a ceremony and this served the purpose o...

 
 Cultural Corner    September 4, 2014

A Centuries Old Culture gives Mohawks a Basis for 20th Century Living

Reprinted with permission from the Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe The Kanienkehaka, or Mohawks as we are known in English, have managed to preserve, maintain and foster a unique culture for thousands of...

 
 Cultural Corner    August 28, 2014

INDIAN MARRIAGE

In the old days, Indian marriage was not founded by a physical attraction between a man and a woman. It was always regulated exclusively on emotional maturity, and these changes were gradually introdu...

 
 Cultural Corner    August 21, 2014

Thanksgiving Address

Whenever people come together, words are said; good words of greetings and acknowledgment are said. First we acknowledge each other. We thank the Creator for allowing us to meet here today safely....

 
 Cultural Corner    August 14, 2014

Polishing the Silver Covenant Chain

Continue from last week Environmental Philosophy of the Haudenosaunee The Haudenosaunee have lived in peace and harmony with the natural world for thousands of years. We share a deep spiritual...

 
 Cultural Corner    August 7, 2014

Polishing the Silver Covenant Chain

Continued from last week. •Haudenosaunee Standing Committee on Burial Rules and Regulations Our Nations operate their repatriation programs under the auspices of the Haudenosaunee. The Grand...

 
 Cultural Corner    July 31, 2014

"Polishing the Silver Chain Covenant"

Continued from last week Exhibition of Medicine Masks The public exhibition of all medicine masks is forbidden. Medicine masks are not intended for everyone to see and such exhibition does not recogni...

 
 Cultural Corner    July 24, 2014

Polishing the Silver Covenant Chain

Continued from last week Haudenosaunee Policy on Medicine (False Face) Masks The Grand Council of the Haudenosaunee issued, in 1995, this policy regarding all Medicine Masks of the Haudenosaunee. Medi...

 
 Cultural Corner    July 17, 2014

Polishing the Silver Covenant Chain

Continued from last week Since 1974, the Grand Council of the Haudenosaunee identified the following objects as being considered sacred and part of our national cultural patrimony. This is the...

 
 Cultural Corner    July 10, 2014

Polishing the Silver Covenant Chain

Continued from last week Past Burial Practices and Sites In ancient days, the dead were handled differently than today. When people died, their bodies were wrapped in hides and placed on wooden...

 
 Cultural Corner    July 3, 2014

Polishing the Silver Covenant Chain

Continued from last week. Violation of our Spiritual Rights Removing the remains from their eternal resting place is a great desecration to both the dead and the living. The disturbance, destruction,...

 
 Cultural Corner    June 26, 2014

Cultural Corner

Continued from last week. Haudenosaunee Policies and Practices Today Haudenosaunee Cultural Properties Haudenosaunee culture shapes the behavior of its members in deep and persistent ways, sometimes...

 
 Cultural Corner    June 19, 2014

"Polishing the Silver Covenant Chain"

Con’t from last week Treaty of Canandaigua of 1794 The Treaty of Canandaigua is legally a part of the supreme law of the land as guaranteed by the United States Constitution. This treaty was...

 
 Cultural Corner    June 12, 2014

"Polishing the Silver Covenant Chain"

Con’t from last week. Silver Covenant Chain The Silver Covenant Chain is a unique Haudenosaunee-European political tool that changed the face of North America. Beyond the seemingly perpetual...

 
 Cultural Corner    June 5, 2014

Part 3 Foundations of Haudenosaunee Relationships

Con’t from last week: “Polishing the Silver Covenant Chain” It is important to share information about Haudenosaunee wampum belts. The belts are important symbols for the Haudenosaunee as the...

 
 Cultural Corner    May 29, 2014

Organization of the Grand Council

Under the shade of the Tree of Peace, seats were prepared for the Sachems or Chiefs to keep and watch the Council Fire and the Peacemaker instructed...

 
 Cultural Corner    May 22, 2014

How Do the Haudenosaunee Govern Themselves?

Continued from "Polishing the Silver Covenant Chain" How Do the Haudenosaunee Govern Themselves? It is important to understand that the Haudenosaunee...

 
 Cultural Corner    May 15, 2014

Land of the Haudenosaunee

The Haudenosaunee still occupy some of their original territory and these lands have never been taken from us, nor held in trust by the United...

 
 Cultural Corner    May 8, 2014

The Haudenosaunee

Continued from last week Reprinted with permission from Polishing the Silver Covenant Chain The Haudenosaunee are actually six separate nations of people who have agreed to live under the Great Law...

 

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