From the East we give thanks
to our Mother, the Earth
and to the People, and those yet to be born,
and to the spirit of waters,
who make it possible for all things to live.
We give thanks to the fish, they sustain us.
and to the plants, they feed us and make us well,
and to the trees,
who give us shelter, shade and …
In Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) tradition, we honor all of the elements of life that the Creator has given us: the children of the Earth and Sky with wings and roots and feet, the Waters, the Earth, the Sun, the Moon, and the Stars. It is our responsibility, as the People, to care for all that Creation has provided.
It was the slender trees with the needle-thin leaves that remembered their promise to the Creator and kept watch over all the living things through the long winters while the other trees slept. So they were promised that while the other trees lost their leaves every autumn, they would be honored and allowed to keep their green color, the color …