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 Cultural Corner    April 9, 2015 

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 2, 2015

Origin of the Clan System

Continued from last week Now I have completed the task you have assigned to me. Don’t forget the things I have told you. The eldest female in each clan is responsible for carrying out her...

 
 Cultural Corner    March 26, 2015

Origin of the Clan System

Continued from last week He arrived at the lodge of another Ancient One and said, “I am thankful that the day has arrived in peace.” She replied, “I am also truly thankful!” Then he asked...

 
 Cultural Corner    March 19, 2015

Origin of the Clan System

Continued from last week He turned to the assembly and said, “Now we will cross the stream. We will camp here. Then the eldest woman from each family shall go and get water from the river to be...

 
 Cultural Corner    March 12, 2015

Origin of the Clan System

There was a time when the people of the earth first began to experience death. Death visited at close intervals and families were taken up with burying their dead. They would dig a hole in the ground...

 
 Cultural Corner    March 5, 2015

Wahta (Maple)

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 people; however, game was scarce. These hunters were...

 
 Cultural Corner    February 26, 2015

Circle Wampum: Rotinonhshonni Teiotiokwaonhaston

The original of this wampum record was made at the time of the Founding of the League and has been handed down through a line of Wampum Keepers until...

 
 Cultural Corner    February 19, 2015

Rabbit Dance

In a wild section of the Adirondack Mountains, there camped a hunting party of Mohawks. During the Leaf Falling Moon, many of the Mohawks left their main villages along the Mohawk River and travelled...

 
 Cultural Corner    February 12, 2015

OKWARIKOWA

This is a Mohawk story about a village on the bend of a river a long time ago. On one sunny day, a hunter was out in the forest looking for game. While walking along a trail, he stumbled on a hole....

 
 Cultural Corner    February 5, 2015

THE GIFT OF THE GREAT SPIRIT

The old Iroquois told the story to the young people to teach them to be kind to the aged. Many winters and summers in the past (arrow going back) there was an Iroquois village. One day, an old man...

 
 Cultural Corner    January 29, 2015

Importance of Names

Introduction of Own Name and Interpretation: A name is determined by your clan, gender, season, weather, or landmark event signifying the coming of a child. There are three main clans here amongst...

 
 Cultural Corner    January 22, 2015

Origin of the Four Sacred Ceremonies

Before the time of the Peacemaker and Hiawatha, and a time when Onkwehonwe were without spiritual beliefs and had no law to guide them- the origin of the Four Sacred Ceremonies took place. Twelve...

 
 Cultural Corner    December 18, 2014

THANKSGIVING ADDRESS

We direct our attention to the Life Forces on Mother Earth; to the waters, which quenches our thirst and provides for the well-being and the strength of plant life; to the animals, who provide us with...

 
 Cultural Corner    December 4, 2014

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CONTINUED FROM LAST WEEK THE CREATION STORY From the book LEGENDS OF THE NATIONS Produced by the North American Indian Travelling College In spite of this, he still loved his Grandmother. This was...

 
 Cultural Corner    November 26, 2014

THE CREATION STORY

CONTINUED FROM LAST WEEK THE CREATION STORY From the book LEGENDS OF THE NATIONS Produced by the North American Indian Travelling College As the daughter gazed upon her visitor, she felt uneasy, but a...

 
 Cultural Corner    November 20, 2014

INTERPRETATIONS OF SKYWOMAN

‘INTERPRETATIONS OF SKYWOMAN’ art exhibit now open at the Native North American Travelling College until Jan. 2, 2015. A themed art exhibition showcasing ways that traditional and contemporary...

 
 Cultural Corner    November 13, 2014

The Legend of The Tree Toad

Once there was a little girl who never did anything she was told by her mother. Being the only child both of her parents loved her very much. Many...

 
 Cultural Corner    November 6, 2014

Old Moccasin Dance

The Old Moccasin Dance was originally called an Apple Dance, which was a ceremony dance (the Fruit Dance). The purpose of this dance was changed...

 
 Cultural Corner    October 30, 2014

The Flying Head

There was a famous hunter whose name was Wolf Marked. Wolf Marked lived in a bark house at the edge of the village. His only companions were the...

 
 Cultural Corner    October 23, 2014

Importance of Names

Introduction of Own Name and Interpretation: A name is determined by your clan, gender, season, weather, or landmark event signifying the coming of a child. There are three main clans here amongst...

 
 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...

 

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