A Translation from The Kahniakehaka (Mohawk Language)
We direct our attention to the Life Forces on Mother Earth; To the waters, which quench our thirst and provides for the well being and the strength of plant life; to animals, who provide us with food, clothing, shelter and beauty; to the trees of all shapes and sizes, who provide us with shelter and fruits of many varieties, the medicine plants, who are carrying on the Creator’s instructions to cure disease and sickness. We give our thanksgiving to all of these Life Forces who have continued to follow the Creator’s instructions. For this we are grateful and we thank you.
We direct our attention to the Four Winds; We listen and hear their voices and we give greetings and thanksgiving that you are still following the instructions given to you by the Creator, sometimes bringing rain and renewing the waters upon Mother Earth and carrying seeds to the earth for new growth in the spring. For this we are grateful and we thank you.
We direct our attention to the work of our Elder Brother the Day Sun, As the Day Sun is seen in Earth’s sky from Dawn to Dusk we know that it is following the instructions of the Creator by providing heat, light, energy and a source of we for all living creatures of earth. For these things we are grateful and we are thankful.
We direct our attention to our Grandmother the Moon. In our world our Grandmother Moon lights the night time sky and coordinates the life cycles of all living things so that life will continue on this earth. For following the instructions of the Creator we are grateful and extend our most thoughtful thanks.
We now direct our attention to the night time sky which is full of stars and other celestial bodies who assist our Grandmother the Moon and the Day Sun in carrying out the Creator’s instructions. We are thankful for the ways in which the celestial bodies aid us in finding our way about the earth when we travel to other villages or even great distances. We are grateful that as ancient parts of creation they are still following the instructions of the Creator and for this we are grateful and thankful.
We acknowledge all bird life and other animal life, from the smallest insect to the largest animal. We believe that all of life has a purpose within creation and we are thankful that they continue to follow the instructions of the Creator and for this we are thankful.
We now turn our thoughts to the Creator and we choose our finest words and thoughts to offer greetings and thanksgiving to the Creator. We are grateful that the Creator has prepared all things on Mother Earth and within the Universe to have a purpose and meaning. We are grateful that we as the Human Beings are part of that Creation. We are thankful that each element of Creation continues to follow the instruction of the Creator for all time and for all of Creation. For this we are ever grateful and are of one mind when we give thanks to you, our Creator.