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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...

 

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

BY GREGORY SCHAAF, PH.D. From the time of the signing of the Declaration of Independence to the ratification of the U.S. Constitution, the opportunity to create and to establish a new government...

 

ROTINONSHONNI CLOTHING CON'T

1900’s to Modern Times The 20th century demonstrates the continuing evolution of clothing styles here at Akwesasne and other native communities in the region. We must differentiate, of course,...

 

ROTINONSHONNI CLOTHING CON'T

1770’S The trend of hybrid native/colonial clothing continued through the 18th century. Increasing interaction with European traders meant more transfusion of culture going both ways. Glass and...

 

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...

 

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