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 Culture    May 6, 2021 

The Iroquois Constitution

Continued from last week. From Indian Time Vol. 27 #7 6. I, Dekanawidah, appoint the Mohawk Lords the heads and the leaders of the Five Nations Confederacy. The Mohawk Lords are the foundation of the...

 

THE IROQUOIS CONSTITUTION THE GREAT BINDING LAW – GAYANASHAGOWA

From Indian Time Vol.27 #6 1. I am Dekanawidah and with the Five Nations’ Confederate Lords, I plant the Tree of Great Peace. I plant it in your territory, Adodarhoh, and the Onondaga Nation, in...

 

Authority Over The Medicine Masks

Continued from last week. Each Haudenosaunee reservation has a medicine mask society that has authority over the use of masks for individual and community needs. Each society is charged with the...

 

FALSE FACE SOCIETIES

An injured or ill Iroquois Indian would sometimes ask the False Face Society to drive away the spirit of the illness or injury. The False Face Society wore masks carved from wood. After a new member...

 

NATIVE AMERICAN CODE OF ETHICS

Author Unknown Reprint from Indian Time Vol. 26 #44 Submitted by Tom Porter Rise with our Elder Brother, the Sun. Pray often. The Creator will listen if you only speak. Be tolerant of those who are...

 

SWEETGRASS FOR THE GENERATIONS YET BORN

Re-printed from Vol. 20 # 35 September 2002 Barbara Gray (Kanatiiosh) HETF Environmental Researcher The smell of sweetgrass always brought a smile to my grandmother’s face. It also triggered in her...

 

Okwari:kowa

Repeated from vol. 26 # 21 This is a Mohawk story that was told to children. A long, long time ago there was a Village on the bend of a river. On one...

 

Teharonhiawako Meets "Hadoui"

Reprinted with permission from Traditional Teachings by the Native North American Travelling College Teharonhiawako came to a spot that was open and found a being sitting there on a rock, looking into...

 

The Story of Cornhusk Dolls

The dolls made from cornhusk have an interesting story that is told to the children. As in most stories there is a moral that goes with it. Long ago, the cornhusk dolls had faces. Their job was to...

 

The Formation of The Grand Council

Reprinted with permission from Traditional Teachings by the Native North American Travelling College 1ST WAMPUM I, Hiawatha and the Sachems have planted a tree of Peace, which we will call Tsioneratis...

 

O Mother Earth

YEARS AGO THEY SAID: "Vast acres of land must be stripped for oil." THEY SAID: "Great forests of trees must be felled to make room for the growing...

 

Native American Code of Ethics

Author Unknown Reprint from 2008 Originally submitted by Tom Porter Rise with our Elder Brother, the Sun. Pray often. The Creator will listen if you only speak. Be tolerant of those who are lost on...

 

ROTINONHSHON:NI AKWESASNE SOCIAL DANCES

Reprinted with approval from the Native North American Travelling College. Continued from last week The Old Women’s Dance Karennaka:ion Tsionahthonwisenhneha The Old Women’s Dance, a sacred...

 

ROTINONHSHON:NI AKWESASNE SOCIAL DANCES

Reprinted with approval from the Native North American Travelling College. Continued from last week Delaware Skin or Stick Dance Kanehwaien The...

 

ROTINONHSHON:NI AKWESASNE SOCIAL DANCES

Reprinted with approval form the Native North American Travelling College Continued from last week Round Dance Tsiohthwatase:tha The round dance is a...

 

ROTINONHSHON:NI AKWESASNE SOCIAL DANCES

(Reprinted with approval from the Native North American Travelling College) Continued from last week Standing Quiver' or Stomp Dance Watahtshero:ton...

 

AKWESASNE MOHAWK SOCIAL DANCES

(Reprinted with approval from the Native North American Travelling College) Continued from last week SINGING SOCIETY RONTERENNOHTHA In almost every Iroquois community there are groups of men, women an...

 

AKWESASNE MOHAWK SOCIAL DANCES

Reprinted with approval from the North American Travelling College Continued from last week OHSTAWA'KO:WA TURTLE RATTLE There are two types of turtle...

 

Cultural Corner

OHSTAWA' – RATTLE The regular horn rattle is used to complement the water drum. There is a modern evolution of the rattle used today. The first ratt...

 

AKWESASNE MOHAWK SOCIAL DANCES

Reprinted with permission by the Native North American Travelling College Continued from last week Kana'tsio:wi The Water Drum The Creator has given...

 

AKWESASNE MOHAWK SOCIAL DANCES

Reprinted with permission by the Native North American Travelling College HOW TO HAVE A SOCIAL DANCE 1. You need a speaker to do the Opening Thanksgiving Address, or Ohen:ton Karihwatehkwen 2. You...

 

GREAT LAW OF PEACE/ KAIENERAKOWA

Continued from last week Election Members of the Grand Council Wampum 54. When a (Chief Statesmanship) title becomes vacant through death or other cause, the Royaneh women of the clan in which the...

 

GREAT LAW OF PEACE/KAIENERAKOWA

Their hearts shall be full of peace and goodwill and their minds filled with a yearning for the welfare of the people of the Confederacy. With endless patience they shall carry out their duty and...

 

"THE BIRTH OF FRONTIER DEMOCRACY FROM AN EAGLE'S EYE VIEW: THE GREAT LAW OF PEACE TO THE CONSTITUTION OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA"

Continued from last week APPORTIONMENT OF CHIEF STATESMEN (The number of Chief Statesmen was set by the Peacemaker, not apportioned by population. No direct taxes existed. Slavery was illegal. The...

 

"THE BIRTH OF FRONTIER DEMOCRACY FROM AN EAGLE'S EYE VIEW: THE GREAT LAW OF PEACE TO THE CONSTITUTION OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA"

Continued from last week Over 200 years ago an Onondaga Chief advised Benjamin Franklin and other colonial representatives saying, “Our wise forefather established Union and Amity…this made us...

 

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