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 …
Honor the Children of Earth & Sky
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.
A Song for Kateri
Kateri Tekahkwi:tha, known as the Lily of the Mohawks, will be canonized in October 2012, becoming the first American Indian to achieve sainthood. Kateri lived from 1656 to 1680. When she died, it is said that her face, once disfigured by smallpox, became beautiful, her first miracle. We honor her and reclaim her as a woman of the Iroquois nation, …
Dance of the Turtles
It is said that it was little Turtle who climbed into the sky and gathered the lightning into a great ball, which became the sun, and a smaller ball that became the moon, and so there was light in the world.