NYA•WEÑHA SKÄ•NOÑH: Thank you for being well

The Indigenous Values Initiative is dedicated to articulating, disseminating and promoting values expressed by the leadership of the Onondaga Nation, the Central Fire (or Capital) of the Haudenosaunee Confederacy (made up of the Seneca, Tuscarora, Cayuga, Onondaga, Oneida and Mohawk nations).  Haudenosaunee means “People of the Longhouse,” and are most often mistakenly referred to as the “Iroquois”). The Onondaga Nation is unique to the world, in that they are the only Native Nation recognized by the United States, and the United Nations, that still operates according to their pre-colonial clan form of government. The Haudenosaunee organize themselves in a matrilineal clan system of extended families.  Their ceremonies are aligned to phases of the moon, and are based on thanksgivings to the natural world.  As we all face climatic changes, it is urgent that human beings reorient themselves to the rhythms of the earth.  Indigenous value systems need to be heeded in these troubled times.  Intercultural understanding, however, must be based on healing generations from colonization, missionization, genocide and assimilation.  The Haudenosaunee understand the need for collaboration with individuals, institutions, communities, governments and businesses to articulate, disseminate and promote the ancient and enduring values of Indigenous Peoples traditions to the world. The Indigenous Values Initiative (IVI) raises funds to support educational projects which will disperse information through conferences, classes, exhibitions, publications, speakers, expositions, etc.


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From Eagle’s View…The Tree represents, The Great Law of Peace of the Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) Confederacy of Five Nations: Mohawk, Oneida, Onondaga, Cayuga & Seneca (Tuscarora joined 18C).  This union is reflected in the five needle clusters on the White Pine, which was planted over 1,000 years ago by the Peacemaker at Onondaga Lake.  This Great Tree of Peace influenced Western Democracy, Women’s Rights, Deyhontsigwa’ehs (lacrosse), Sustainable Agriculture, etc.  Its White Roots continue to grow in four directions today.

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About the Haudenosaunee

Read We’re Still Here about the Haudenosaunee and the Onondaga Nation, by Wendy Gonyea.

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