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A MATRILINEAL SOCIETY: THE MOHAWKS

(Cultural Anthropology, Nancy Bonvillain Pearson, Education, Inc., 2006) From Vol. 27 # 20 The Mohawks were, and are, one of the member nations of the Iroquois Confederacy. Organized on kinship princi...

 

THE IROQUOIS CONSTITUTION THE GREAT BINDING LAW GAYANASHAGOWA

Continued from last week 109. At the funeral of a War Chief say: “Now we become reconciled as you start away. You were once a War Chief of the Five Nations’ Confederacy and the United People...

 

THE IROQUOIS CONSTITUTION THE GREAT BINDING LAW GAYANASHAGOWA

Continued from last week Religious Ceremonies Protected 100. It shall be the duty of the Lords of each brotherhood to confer at the approach of the time of the Midwinter Thanksgiving and to notify...

 

THE IROQUOIS CONSTITUTION THE GREAT BINDING LAW GAYANASHAGOWA

Continued from last week. 89. When the Lords of the Five Nations propose to meet in conference with a foreign nation with proposals for an acceptance of the Great Peace, large band of warriors shall...

 

THE IROQUOIS CONSTITUTION THE GREAT BINDING LAW GAYANASHAGOWA

Continued from last week 78. Whenever a foreign nation enters the Confederacy or accepts the Great Peace, the Five Nations and the foreign nation shall enter into an agreement and compact by which...

 

THE IROQUOIS CONSTITUTION THE GREAT BINDING LAW GAYANASHAGOWA

Official Symbolism 60. A broad dark belt of wampum of thirty-eight rows, having a white heart in the center, on either side of which are two white squares all connected with the heart by white rows...

 

THE IROQUOIS CONSTITUTION THE GREAT BINDING LAW GAYANASHAGOWA

Continued from last week 55. A large bunch of shell strings, in the making of which the Five Nations Confederate Lords have equally contributed, shall symbolize the completeness of the union and...

 

THE IROQUOIS CONSTITUTION

Continued from last week Clans and Consanguinity 42. Along the Five Nations and their posterity there shall be the following original clans: Great Name Bearer, Ancient Name Bearer, Great Bear,...

 

THE IROQUOIS CONSTITUTION

Continued from last week 33. When a Confederate Lord dies, the surviving relatives shall immediately dispatch a messenger, a member of another clan, to the Lords in another locality. When the runner c...

 

THE IROQUOIS CONSTITUTION

Continued from last week 28. When a candidate Lord is to be installed he shall furnish four strings of shells (or wampum) one span length bound together at one end. Such will constitute the evidence...

 

THE IROQUOIS CONSTITUTION THE GREAT BINDING LAW GAYANASHAGOWA

Continued from last week 16. If the conditions which shall arise at any future time call for an addition to or change of this law, the case shall be carefully considered and if a new beamseems...

 

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...

 

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