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Turtle Runs a Race with Bear

Turtle knew two things: he knew that he was very wise and he knew that he was very slow. Nevertheless, Turtle had a certain advantage over other four-foots. It lay in the fact that there were so many...

 

How Joeagah, the Raccoon, Ate the Crabs A Seneca Indian Tale

As my grandfather used to say, my nephew, it never pays to rejoice over the downfall of an enemy, lest he arise and devour you. Of course you can’t understand that, so I’ll just tell you not to...

 

The Owl's Big Eyes

OH-o-wah was a big snowy owl, and a curious bird was he. Oh-o-wah wanted to be like the swan and have a long neck. He wanted to be like the white heron and have a long beak. He wanted long legs. He...

 

An Unwilling Gift From The Dead

Reprinted from Wampum Belts of the Iroquois by Tehanetorens This is a replica of a belt which was offered for sale in October 1972, by collectors...

 

When The Akwesasne Mohawks Were Taken Back In Belt

Reprinted from Wampum Belts of the Iroquois by Tehanetorens This belt symbolizes the alliance of an adopted nation. This belt was made to record the...

 

The Cicadas' return reminds Onondaga of a story of survival

Every seventeen years, the cicadas return to the Onondaga Nation, a legendary reminder of the past and a crunchy taste of the future. If you're ever...

 

A Black Hawk Belt

Reprinted from Wampum Belts of the Iroquois by Tehanetorens The Iroquois were not the only Indian people who used wampum belts. This belt was sent by...

 

Confessional Wampum of Handsome Lake, The Seneca Prophet and Teacher

Reprinted from Wampum Belts of the Iroquois by Tehanetorens This wampum is ten strings, all white, all pure and sacred, held in the hands of the...

 

Fort Stanwix Treaty Belt

Reprinted from Wampum Belts of the Iroquois by Tehanetorens This belt was exchanged at the signing of the Treaty between the Six Nations and the...

 

George Washington Belt

Reprinted from Wampum Belts of the Iroquois by Tehanetorens This belt, called the George Washington Belt, is a covenant belt with the thirteen...

 

Revolutionary War Two Road Belt

Reprinted from Wampum Belts of the Iroquois by Tehanetorens At the beginning of the Revolutionary War the Iroquois tried to remain neutral, but it...

 

Wolf Belt

Reprinted from Wampum Belts of the Iroquois by Tehanetorens This belt was an Akwesasne or St. Regis Belt and once belonged to Chief Running Deer of...

 

Caughnawaga – Oka St. Regis Belt

Reprinted from Wampum Belts of the Iroquois by Tehanetorens This belt is sometimes called the Seven Nations Belt. It is a record belt, that is, it rec...

 

Governor Denny's Invitation Belt

Reprinted from Wampum Belts of the Iroquois by Tehanetorens This wampum belt was sent by Governor Denny of the Pennsylvania Province to the Indians,...

 

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...

 

Defeat of the French Record Belt

Reprinted from Wampum Belts of the Iroquois by Tehanetorens This is an Onondaga belt and was made as a record. A French priest who was stationed at On...

 

Sir William Johnson Dish Belt

Reprinted from Wampum Belts of the Iroquois by Tehanetorens This belt is called the Sir William Johnson Dish Belt by its owner. It was supposed to...

 

Great Britain and Six Nations Friendship Belt

Reprinted from Wampum Belts of the Iroquois by Tehanetorens The Keeper of the Wampum was thoroughly versed in the interpretation of the wampum...

 

Delaware Land Belt

Reprinted from Wampum Belts of the Iroquois by Tehanetorens This belt records the conditions under which the Lenni-Lenape or Delaware Nation ceded a...

 

Iroquois Territory Wampum Strings

Reprinted from Wampum Belts of the Iroquois by Tehanetorens It is provided thus: A bunch of wampum strings is to be the symbol of the Council Fire of...

 

Oneida Tribal Belt

This belt was long in the possession of Chief Skenando of the Oneidas, the friend and ally of George Washington during the Revolutionary War period. T...

 

Council Fire of Six Nations Belt

Reprinted from Wampum Belts of the Iroquois by Tehanetorens This belt means that the Iroquois are a united people, that the Path of Peace connects...

 

Belt of the Six Nations

Reprinted from Wampum Belts of the Iroquois by Tehanetorens This belt announced the return of the nomadic Tuscaroras, and it was made in 1714. The...

 

Six Nations Peace Belt

Reprinted from Wampum Belts of the Iroquois by Tehanetorens It is provided thus: It shall be the duty of all of the chiefs of The Great Law of Peace o...

 

The Possums Naked Tail

Submitted by John Kahionhes Fadden This legend is originally from among the people of the Cherokee Nation. It was gathered by Joseph Bruchac, and is...

 

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