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),...

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...

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...

Iroquois Governance in 2018

By: Doug George Kanentiio, Akwesasne-Mohawk There are presently three types of administrative agencies on Iroquois reservations within New York state: elected, of which there are two, and traditional, which number four and two others which...

No Signs of Natives in Utica: Why Not?

By Doug George-Kanentiio- Akwasasne Mohawk Bear Clan 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...

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...

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...

Why Native Americans Should Welcome Southern Kin

By Doug George-Kanentiio, Akwesasne Mohawk   Our Native American ancestors have a wonderful tradition of welcoming those in need to our lands. I am from the Mohawk Nation which is part of the Iroquois Confederacy and...

United Nations Marks 10th Anniversary of the Declaration of the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

By Doug George-Kanentiio - Akwasasne Mohawk Bear Clan For two days, April 27-28, my wife, Joanne Shenandoah, and I attended the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues in New York City. There were a number...

It’s American Music, but Where are the Natives?

by Doug-George Kanentiio The music of America was rightfully indigenous for thousands of years prior to the arrival of the immigrants from the east. Not only drums and flutes by the power of the human...
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