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Mid-Winter Ceremonies to Begin January 12, 2019

 

The Midwinter Ceremonies are set to take place at the Mohawk Nation Longhouse on Saturday, January 12, 2019, 5 sleeps after the new moon. Before then, the Big Heads (Rotinontsistowanon) will be bundled by the Chiefs, Clanmothers and Faithkeepers on Saturday, January 5, 9:00am. The Big Heads will be instructed to travel about the community and bring medicine into the homes. The Big Heads will sing their song into your home and tell how they have been given the duty by their leadership to take your work away from you so that you can focus your attention on the ceremonies that will happen. The Big Heads will also stir ashes inside your home that will bring good medicine to you when the ashes settle. After the speaker for the Big Heads finishes his speech, you should give them something we can use for ceremony such as washed corn, strawberries, maple syrup or wild game meat for the soup.

January 11, 2019 (Kariwi:io - 4th Day recited)

One day is spoken to take away what is bothering you, so you carry a good mind throughout the Mid-Winter Ceremonies.

January 12, 2019 (Tenhonkenrawenrie - Stirring the Ashes)

The house is split as of the first day and the Wolf & Turtle clans will use the Men's Door while the Bear Clan will enter through the Woman's Door.

Bear clan will prepare the foods for the ceremony and clean the longhouse.

January 13, 2019 (Ase Ononkwashonah - Medicine Renewal)

January 14, 2019 (Kaienkentho - Tobacco Burning)

A tobacco burning will be put through in the morning and a Feather Dance will follow.

Wolf Clan will prepare the foods for the ceremony and clean the longhouse.

January 15, 2019 (Okwirashonah - Children's Day)

The Faithkeepers will make preparations to honor the children as they look for two young children to sing the Feather Dance. When this is complete, the Leadership will name the new babies that have been born, up to one year old.

Turtle Clan will prepare the foods for the ceremony and clean the longhouse.

January 16, 2019 (Ahsen ni Karennake Ostowakowa - Feather Dance Day)

The first Great Feather Dance is for the Faithkeepers and will start at 7:00am on this day.

Snipe clan and all other clans will prepare the foods and clean the longhouse.

January 17, 2019 (Atonwa - Men's Chant)

Bear clan will prepare the foods for the ceremony and clean the longhouse.

January 18, 2019 (Onehoren - Drum Dance)

Wolf clan will prepare the foods for the ceremony and clean the longhouse.

January 19, 2019 (Kaientowanen - Peach Bowl Game)

On the previous day, the people would have been told what items they are encouraged to put in the bowl game. The items are white wampum, a turtle rattle (singing instruments), traditional clothing, or lacrosse sticks. (The item that you put in is supposed to be something you value highly.)

All clans will prepare the foods for the ceremony and clean the longhouse.

Please bring foods for the soup, corn bread, strawberries, maple syrup and eating utensils. Please wear your traditional clothes. Opening will start at 9:00am sharp each day, except for Feather Dance Ceremony, which will start at 7:00am. If you arrive late, don't stand at the door, please find a seat quietly. All Onkwehonwe are welcomed. Niawenkowa !

 

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