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GRAND COUNCIL OF THE ROTINONSHONNI

Grand Council meetings of the Iroquois Confederacy are held for serious matters, which affect all of the member nations: Mohawk, Oneida, Onondaga, Cayuga, Seneca and Tuscarora. Before an issue can be...

 

Akhwá:tsire

31. Rakhsenná:wi - God-father, my 32. Ionkhsenná:wi - God-mother, my 33. Rihsenná:wi - God-son, my 34. Khehsennawíhon - God-sons, my or my...

 

Beading and Basketry

Taken from Indian Time’s The Rontinonshonni supplement Reprinted with permission from Iroquois Indian Museum For more than 4000 years, beads and beadwork have served the people of the Rotinonshonni...

 

AKHWÁ:TSIRE - MY FAMILY PART 1

1.Ake'nistén:ha - ________(Insert her name) Aunt, my 2. Ákhskare - Boyfriend, my 3. Akhskare'okòn:'a - Boyfriends, my 4. Rakhtsì:'a - Brother, old...

 

IROQUOIS SOCIETY

In Iroquois Society, men and women had definite roles to play. The society stated that men were the hunters and protectors, while women gave birth and nurtured their children. They also tilled the fie...

 

Ronnonkwehón:we

1. Ratirón:taks - Algonquin 2. Tewa’kenhá:ka - Anishinaabe, Ojibway 3. Kaiohkwenhá:ka niwakonhwentsiò:ten - Cayuga, I am 4. Shotinonnawen’tó:wane - Cayuga, they are 5. Kahrhakonhró:non -...

 

ANCIENT CLAN SYSTEM

The clans are taken from the animal, bird or fish life. The clans are inherited from the mothers. This type of transmission of the clans is called a matrilineal system. Spiritual, social, economic,...

 

Onkwehshòn:'a – Tó: nithó:ion - 2

28. Ì:'i - Me 29. Teteniiáhsen - Me and you 30. Tehnón:kwe - Men – 2 (or man & woman) 31. Ronnón:kwe - Men – 3 or more (or 3+ men &...

 

KASTO'WAH OF OUR NATION

ROTINONSHONNI MEN'S CLOTHING In describing Rotinonshonni clothing, let me begin with the headwear. Many people mistakenly think that all Native...

 

Onkwehshòn:'a – Tó: nithó:ion

1. Owirà:'a - Baby 2. Ieksà:'a - Child – one female child 3. Keksà:'a - Child – I am a child 4. Raksà:'a - Child – one male child 5....

 

SOCIAL SINGING AND DANCING-PART 2

OHKI:WE – WATER DRUM The Ohki:we (Ohki:we is a ceremony for the spirits of the dead) water drum is usually larger than the regular social dance water drum. The Ohki:we water drum is used only for...

 

Tekhenonhwará:tons Ne Akhwá:tsire

1. Shé:kon Istá:! - Hello Auntie or Mom! 2. Shé:kon kiákio! - Hello brother-in-law 3. Shé:kon konièn:’a! - Hello child! 4. Shé:kon kiá:se!...

 

Teiontenonwaratónhkhwa

1. Satonhnhá:ren tsi sahsié:rite! - Be happy on your birthday! 2. Satonhnhá:ren tsi saierí:ton! - Be happy on your birthday! 3....

 

Wahoniarésha'ne Ne A'nó:wara Tánon Wa'kató:ken'ne Tsi Kanontarákon Ne A'nó:wara – Part 4

91. Tahatakia'tatihéntho - He pulled himself 92. É:ren'k na'tethokierà:ton tsi wa'tharahsarónnion - His body is facing in different positions and...

 

THE LONGHOUSE

Longhouses are long and narrow bark covered houses that the Rotinonshonni (People of the Longhouse), also known as the Iroquois, lived in until the...

 

SKARONHIASE'KO:WA THE GREAT WHITE PINE TREE

Continued from last week… KARO:TA TREE TRUNK The trunk of the great white pine symbolizes the fifty chiefs of the Five, Nations. Together they draw on the nourishment of the roots; Peace...

 

Wahoniarésha'ne Ne A'nó:wara– Part 3

62. Kháre ki ó:nen wahrehià:ra'ne - Then now he remembered 63. Tsi tóka enhoianeráhsten ne ohnéhta aháhrho ne rahsi'tó:kon - That it will be...

 

SKARONHIASE'KO:WA THE GREAT WHITE PINE TREE

The Eastern White Pine Tree is symbolic of the Great Peace established by the Rotinonhson:ni nations. When the Peacemaker arrived in Iroquois territory he chose the pine tree as the symbol of the...

 

Wahoniarésha'ne Ne A'nó:wara – Part 2

31. Thí:ken otsi'tèn:'a tsi ní:ioht nè:'e ne tóka tontaionia'thá:ra'ne ká:ron tsi niió:re tsi ontatéhnhe'se ne aioiéshon - It was as if...

 

Chief Thunderwater

Source: By the Cleveland Historical Team Submitted by Doug George Oghema Niagara of the band Pishqua, tribe Osauckee of the Algonquin nation, was...

 

Wahoniarésha'ne Ne A'nó:wara Tánon Wa'kató:ken'ne Tsi Kanontarákon Ne A'nó:wara – Part 1

1. É:so iohsherá:ke tsi náhe - Many years ago 2. Tsi teionontó:ken iá:ken kowá:nen tkahrháhere - Between the mountain they say there was a big...

 

Oh Niiawèn:'en Ne Ohrió:ken Tsi Rothahonniánion - 5

1. Nè:'k tsi sénha raia'tahshnó:re ne Ohkwá:ri tsi nihaia'tò:ten nó:nen tetshkánere - But Bear was faster than he looked 2....

 

HANDSOME LAKE

In 1735 at the Seneca Indian town of Conawagus on the Genesee River there was born a Native boy who was later to become one of the greatest Native prophets and teachers of recent historical date....

 

Oh Niiawèn:'en Ne Ohrió:ken Tsi Rothahonniánion - 4

1. "Kí:ken Ohkwá:ri khiatehorihwarà:'on takarahkwíneken'ne" - "This Bear is silly , the sun came up" 2. "Kí:ken Ohkwá:ri roh...

 

SOME SOCIAL DANCES

Standing Quiver or Stomp Dance Watahtshero:ton The standing quiver or stomp dance is usually the first of any social dance in most communities throughout the Six Nations. It is a dance that gets ever...

 

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