The Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) people honor the cycle of life in all of our ceremonies and thanksgivings. We say that the Moon is our Grandmother and she has thirteen names in the course of a year.
The twelfth moon of the year, the moon closest to the Winter Solstice (and the longest night), is the time for the people to gather and …
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, …
Iroquois tradition tells us that it was Great Turtle who offered his back as a place for Sky Woman, the first mother. The Sleeping Sun looks down upon the rising moon and the children of the Earth gather to give thanks and dream of Turtle Island.
“We thank you for the Sun and Moon and Stars,
for the …
It is said that long ago there lived among the clouds another people, called sky people. Among them grew a sacred tree, which gave off a beautiful light. Sky Woman, who was with child, fell through a hole at the roots of the sacred tree. As she fell she tried to find something to hold on to, but what came …