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ROTINONSHONNI CLOTHING

By Darren Bonaparte and Michael Galban From Indian Time supplement The Rontinonshonni-People of the Longhouse 1500s & 1600s Before European contact, Mohawk clothi8ng was made of animal hides like...

 

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...

 

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...

 

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...

 

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,...

 

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...

 

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...

 

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...

 

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...

 

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...

 

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....

 

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...

 

ROTINONSHONNI WORLD VIEW

We are connected to a living earth and a spiritual universe. We have sacred duties to fulfill. We believe that all living things are spiritual beings. Spirits can be expressed as energy forms...

 

Traditional Ceremonies

Throughout the year Mohawk people gather to give thanks for the constant return of gifts that the Creator has put here for us. Certain events take place at almost every ceremony. The first being the...

 

TEWA'A:RATON (THE CREATORS GAME) LACROSSE

The game of Lacrosse has been a mainstay among the Rotinonshonni. The first purpose of the game is spiritual. It is a medicine game to be played upon request of any individual, clan, nation or the...

 

IAKOIA:NE CLAN MOTHER

In the Mohawk Nation there are nine Kontiianehson. They are the head women of a large extended family within each clan. They are the women who are referred to as Clan Mothers. The Kotiianehson are...

 

Dating the Iroquois Confederacy

By Bruce E. Johnson Akwesasne Notes, Vol. 1 #3 & #4 Continued from last week Mann and Fields also make their case with archaeological evidence. The rise in interpersonal violence that predated the...

 

Dating the Iroquois Confederacy

By Bruce E. Johnson Akwesasne Notes, Vol. 1 #3 & #4 The Rotinonshonni (Iroquois) Confederacy, one of the world’s oldest democracies, is at least three centuries older than precious estimates, accord...

 

Welcoming a Child into the World

(printed in the Winter 1999 edition of the Haudenosaunee Runner) I have been assigned this duty at this time. The Creator who dwells in the sky decided that this is the way it should be when he...

 

Healing negativity with Traditional Medicines

The fragrance of sweetgrass is enchanting. From the earth come many gifts to help us heal and live more in tune with the natural rhythms and cycles. After cleansing with sage or cedar, sweetgrass...

 

Ohenton Karihwatehkwen

Continued from last week… We will now address the moon. The Creator named the night time sun Grandmother Moon. Grandmother moon was instructed to be the leader of all females, and to orchestrate...

 

Ohenton Karihwatehkwen

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....

 

"THE MESSAGE OF KARIWIIO"

Reprinted with permission from Traditional Teachings by the Native North American Travelling College …continued from last week THE ARTICLES OF KARIWIIO NOW THE MESSENGERS SHOWED HIM ANOTHER, AND...

 

"THE MESSAGE OF KARIWIIO"

Reprinted with permission from Traditional Teachings by the Native North American Travelling College …continued from last week THE ARTICLES OF KARIWIIO NOW THE MESSENGERS SHOWED SKANIENTARIIO...

 

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