The Maple: Chief of all Trees

By Doug George-Kanentiio, Akwesasne Mohawk When the Creator, Sonkweiiateson in Mohawk, planted the trees of the world, a decision was made to make Wahta-the Maple-the chief of all trees. Not only did the Maple carry the...

Iroquois Prophecy and People at Standing Rock

By: Doug George Kanentiio The power and influence of prophecy among the Haudenosaunee (Six Nations Iroquois) has been a central part of our culture since the birth of the league of peace long before the...

The Doctrine of Discovery and the UN Declaration of the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

A talk by Douglas M. George-Kanentiio, Akwesasne Mohawk Wednesday, April 18, 7:30 p.m. at The Other Side, 2011 Genesee St., Utica DOUGLAS M. GEORGE-KANENTIIO was born and raised on the shores of the Kaniatarowanenneh (St. Lawrence) River on...

Strawberry-the food of the Skyworld

  By Doug George-Kanentiio Akwasasne Mohawk Among the traditional Mohawks there is a special appreciation for the strawberry plant-called Niihontesha. It is a unique plant as its seeds are outside of the skin of the berry...

Who Endures? Iroquois Stories, Survival In Rough Times-By Doug George-Kanentiio-Akasasne Mohawk Bear Clan

By: Doug George-Kanentiio There once was a man who lived in fear about the future. He foresaw a time when there would be hunger and poverty when the climate would be one of long cold...

No Signs of Natives in Utica: Why Not?

By Doug George-Kanentiio A casual exploration of the city of Utica and its immediate suburbs reveals glimpses of its history; from the former State Asylum to the Grace Church, the Union Station and the Conklin...

The Haudenosaunee Ceremony of Midwinter

By: Doug George-Kanentiio, Akwasasne Mohawk One of the most important gatherings among the People of the Longhouse is the annual ritual of thanksgiving, renewal, and repentance called Midwinter. Among the People of the Flint (the Mohawks),...

The Life of a Great Mohawk

By Doug George-Kanentiio Some would say he was a great Mohawk; world class athlete, fearless high steel worker, an expert fisherman, master carpenter and highly skilled craftsman with a rich command of his native language...

What Would the Peacemaker Do?

By Doug George Kanentiio- Akwesasne Mohawk Bear Clan Over 875 years ago Skennenrahowi, the Peacemaker, brought his instructions to the warring Iroquois in an effort to persuade our ancestors to abandon violence and revenge as...
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