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THE COVENANT CHAIN

Continued from last week… The Silver Covenant Chain, the emblem of the relationship between the Haudenosaunee and the Crown, contains many of the elements of the Kayanerekowa. Even in its...

 

THE COVENANT CHAIN

On behalf of the British Crown, Sir William Johnson described and renewed the Covenant Chain in council with the Haudenosaunee on several separate occasions. On April 25, 1748, he spoke to the...

 

THE COVENANT CHAIN

The sailing ship that was the symbol of the British in the Two Row Wampum is also an essential element of the Silver Covenant Chain. It is that ship which was being tied to the Confederacy, first by...

 

HAUDENOSAUNEE WAMPUM BELTS, SILVER CHAINS AND TREATIES

Continued from last week. Some very early documents indicate that the visitors would come along the path, singing their songs of peace, and carrying their pipe with them. Later councils, too, could be...

 

HAUDENOSAUNEE WAMPUM BELTS, SILVER CHAINS AND TREATIES

Continued from last week. The individual councils, which have been described as treaties had well-defined processes. They can be described and documented, as can the fact that the British understood,...

 

HAUDENOSAUNEE WAMPUM BELTS, SILVER CHAIN AND TREATIES

Continued from last week. As an example of a European leader unfamiliar with Haudenosaunee practices, there is the confrontation between Lieutenant Governor Simcoe and Thayendenegea (Joseph Brant) at...

 

HAUDENOSAUNEE WAMPUM BELTS, SILVER CHAIN AND TREATIES

Continued from last week Just as the councils and procedures of the Confederacy adapted and raised clan and village ways to the level of dealings between the nations of the Haudenaunee, those same pra...

 

HAUDENOSAUNEE WAMPUM BELTS, SILVER CHAIN AND THE TREATIES

(Originally published in April 2010) Now that we understand the framework within which the Haudenosaunee lived and within which their laws operated, we can examine their relations with other nations....

 

THE MESSAGE OF THE KAYANEREKOWA

Continued from last week. THE HIAWATHA WAMPUM: From what we know…the Indians had a tradition of law and the Iroquois are our surviving example of it. The Iroquois possessed a tradition of law, and...

 

THE MESSAGE OF THE KAYANEREKOWA

Continued from last week That people…have however a Piece of Civility peculiar to themselves: for a Man would be accounted very impertinent, if he contradicted anything that was said in their...

 

THE MESSAGE OF THE KAYANEREKOWA

Continued from last week THE PRODUCER OF COUNCIL The Council is divided into three parts. The Chiefs of each of the Original Five Nations sit in their own circles, since their decision on any matter...

 

THE MESSAGE OF THE KAYANEREKOWA

THE AUTHORITY AND RESPONSIBILITY OF THE ROTIIANESON The events of 1990 in Akwesasne, Kahnawake and Kanesatake added to the debate about “warriors” and “war chiefs”. One side maintains that...

 

THE MESSAGE OF THE KAYANEREKOWA

Some people interpret the Great Law as authorizing the spread of Peace through aggressive actions and war. Others point to the Tree of Peace as the symbol of the Confederacy, and to the fact that the...

 

THE MESSAGE OF KAYANEREKOWA

A Continuation of the Great Law of Peace THE EQUALITY OF THE NATIONS Brother It is normal for us to wish to preserve our ancient customs and to walk in the paths of our forefathers… We consider...

 

THE MESSAGE OF THE KAYANEREKOWA

A continuation of the Great Law of Peace Continued from last week The equality of the Rotiianeson: The Peacemaker, with the people who were working for peace, created a council for the Confederacy....

 

THE MESSAGE OF THE KAYANEREKOWA

The message of the Kayanerekowa has three parts: the Good Word, Peace and Power- Kaiwiio, Skenen, Gashadenshaa. ‘Good Message’, this is what it means: People respect each other as though they are...

 

KARIHKWI:IO –ORIGIN OF THE FOUR SACRED CEREMONIES

GREAT FEATHER DANCE During most ceremonies in the Longhouse, the sacred rite of Ohstenwa'Ko:wa, "The Dance of the Great Feather Headdress", is...

 

KARIHKWI:IO –ORIGIN OF THE FOUR SACRED CEREMONIES

The Fatherless Boy In the old days, in a native village, twelve male babies were born the same night. Eleven had fathers and one was fatherless. His mother was a pure woman. When the mothers of the...

 

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...

 

A Visit by Our Grandfathers – The Thunderers

Submitted by NNATC I will tell you this story as it really happened, just the way I remember it. I truly believe that it was our Grandfathers who came to visit us on June 22, 1970. It was on a very...

 

HISTORY OF THE CLANS

Continued from last week Now the young man who was given the name of Ronikonhrowa:nen had to cross over the river where many other families had set up their campfires. The people on the other side of...

 

HISTORY OF THE CLANS

Originally submitted by NNATC Many thousands of years ago the population of the humans on the earth was very small. As years passed it increased considerably. Along with this increase many problems be...

 

TRADITIONAL NATIVE CORN & FOOD

Reprinted from Kakhwakon Cookbook Recipes, sponsored by Mohawk Indian Housing Corporation A BRIEF HISTORY OF CORN Ancient corn was began by Native Americans who developed the founding species. Two...

 

THANKSGIVING ADDRESS – OHENTON KARIHWATEHKWEN

We direct our attention to the Life Forces on Mother Earth: to the waters, which quenches our thirst and provide for the well-being and the strength of plant life; to the animals, who provide us with...

 

THE FOUR WINDS

Reprinted from WORDS THAT COME BEFORE ALL ELSE Environmental Philosophies of the Haudenosaunee Task Force By Les Benedict Continued from last week SECTION II: WHY THE FOUR WINDS ARE HAVING TROUBLE...

 

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