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Raccoon and the Three Roasting Geese

Continued from last week “Saa-nee-haa, saa-nee-haa,” creaked the limbs, which made Raccoon think they were calling out, “Don’t do that!” So Raccoon scampered up the tree and ran to the...

 

Raccoon and the Three Roasting Geese

Who shall say that fox is not angry when tricked? No wise man would say that. It so happened that Fox was angry at Raccoon for cheating him in a swapping match which made Fox vow to get even. Well, Fo...

 

How Fox and Raccoon Tricked One Another

…continued from last week Oh, how he did fight those hornets! He slew hundreds of them after they had stung him, but none before. Raccoon roared and chattered and scolded and cried like a puppy...

 

Kariwi:io (Good Mind) Ceremony

The Ceremonial Fires throughout the Haudenosaunee Confederacy will come together on September 30, 2018 to put through the Kariwi:io Ceremony for the leadership and people of Akwesasne. This will...

 

How Fox and Raccoon Tricked One Another

It is said by the wise men of old, my nephew, that Non-gwat-gwa, the Fox and Joeagah, the Raccoon, once played tricks on each other, which made them enemies for life. It was all an affair over swampin...

 

How the Wood Duck Got His Red Eyes and Sojy Had His Coat Spoiled

…continued from last week Wood Duck told the story and said that except for him, all the others were blind. “Too bad,” answered Old Man Autumn. Then he said to all the ducks, “Tell you what I...

 

How the Wood Duck Got His Red Eyes and Sojy Had His Coat Spoiled

YO HO, NEPHEW! DUCKS, DUCKS, ALL KINDS of ducks! Long ago, before there were any human people in the world, it was full of ducks—all kinds of ducks, but they were all one color. There was one...

 

Skunny Wundy Tricks Old Fox

…continued from last week “How’d you know that?” snarled Fox. “Nobody knows that name except me. But you can’t catch me even if you do know it.” “Well, I do win,” laughed Better-Gues...

 

Skunny Wundy Tricks Old Fox

In the dim long ago, before red people came to the world, there was a great forest and a mighty river. In this forest were mountains, and in the mountains were mysterious caves, deep and dark. Here...

 

Turtle Runs a Race with Bear

Turtle knew two things: he knew that he was very wise and he knew that he was very slow. Nevertheless, Turtle had a certain advantage over other four-foots. It lay in the fact that there were so many...

 

How Joeagah, the Raccoon, Ate the Crabs A Seneca Indian Tale

As my grandfather used to say, my nephew, it never pays to rejoice over the downfall of an enemy, lest he arise and devour you. Of course you can’t understand that, so I’ll just tell you not to...

 

The Owl's Big Eyes

OH-o-wah was a big snowy owl, and a curious bird was he. Oh-o-wah wanted to be like the swan and have a long neck. He wanted to be like the white heron and have a long beak. He wanted long legs. He...

 

An Unwilling Gift From The Dead

Reprinted from Wampum Belts of the Iroquois by Tehanetorens This is a replica of a belt which was offered for sale in October 1972, by collectors...

 

When The Akwesasne Mohawks Were Taken Back In Belt

Reprinted from Wampum Belts of the Iroquois by Tehanetorens This belt symbolizes the alliance of an adopted nation. This belt was made to record the...

 

The Cicadas' return reminds Onondaga of a story of survival

Every seventeen years, the cicadas return to the Onondaga Nation, a legendary reminder of the past and a crunchy taste of the future. If you're ever...

 

A Black Hawk Belt

Reprinted from Wampum Belts of the Iroquois by Tehanetorens The Iroquois were not the only Indian people who used wampum belts. This belt was sent by...

 

Confessional Wampum of Handsome Lake, The Seneca Prophet and Teacher

Reprinted from Wampum Belts of the Iroquois by Tehanetorens This wampum is ten strings, all white, all pure and sacred, held in the hands of the...

 

Fort Stanwix Treaty Belt

Reprinted from Wampum Belts of the Iroquois by Tehanetorens This belt was exchanged at the signing of the Treaty between the Six Nations and the...

 

George Washington Belt

Reprinted from Wampum Belts of the Iroquois by Tehanetorens This belt, called the George Washington Belt, is a covenant belt with the thirteen...

 

Revolutionary War Two Road Belt

Reprinted from Wampum Belts of the Iroquois by Tehanetorens At the beginning of the Revolutionary War the Iroquois tried to remain neutral, but it...

 

Wolf Belt

Reprinted from Wampum Belts of the Iroquois by Tehanetorens This belt was an Akwesasne or St. Regis Belt and once belonged to Chief Running Deer of...

 

Caughnawaga – Oka St. Regis Belt

Reprinted from Wampum Belts of the Iroquois by Tehanetorens This belt is sometimes called the Seven Nations Belt. It is a record belt, that is, it rec...

 

Governor Denny's Invitation Belt

Reprinted from Wampum Belts of the Iroquois by Tehanetorens This wampum belt was sent by Governor Denny of the Pennsylvania Province to the Indians,...

 

The Story of John Saiowisakeron Fire

Before there was an elected system of governance in Akwesasne, the community was governed by Community Life Chiefs. These Life Chiefs were known as...

 

Defeat of the French Record Belt

Reprinted from Wampum Belts of the Iroquois by Tehanetorens This is an Onondaga belt and was made as a record. A French priest who was stationed at On...

 

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