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THUNDER BOY

This legend happened long ago on an island in the St. Lawrence River. The island is called by the Akwesasne Mohawks, Jo-ka-ta-ren-re, and lies opposite St. Regis Point on the St. Regis Reservation....

 

THE SEVEN DANCERS

By Tehanetorens (Ray Fadden) Many winters in the past, the Mohawk Nation (People of the Flint) were camped on the lake Keniatiio (pronounced Kahnyah-D...

 

SONG OF THE HERMIT THRUSH

Long ago the birds had no songs. Only man could sing and every morning man would greet the rising sun with a song. The birds, as they were flying by, would often stop and listen to the beautiful...

 

THE GIFT FROM THE GREAT SPIRIT

One day, an old man came to an Iroquois village. He appeared very tired and hungry. As he walked through the village, he looked above the doors of each house for the clan symbol. He came upon a house...

 

TRADITIONAL NATIVE CORN & FOOD

Continued from last week Reprinted from Kakhwakon Cookbook-Recipes, produced by Mohawk Indian Housing Corporation. ASH WATER Put 14 quarts of water in a canner pot of 21-quart size, 2/3 full. The...

 

TRADITIONAL NATIVE CORN & FOOD

Continued from last week Reprinted from Kakhwakon Cookbook Recipes, sponsored by Mohawk Indian Housing Corporation GREEN CORN During the last days of August, the corn will reach milk state. “Green...

 

TRADITIONAL NATIVE CORN & FOOD

From Kakhwakon Cookbook Recipes, sponsored by Mohawk Indian Housing Corporation Reprinted from Indian Time Vol. 27 #21-2009 A BRIEF HISTORY OF CORN Ancient corn was began by Native Americans who...

 

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...

 

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