This is a precursor to my participatory story, oft called the Mohawk Civil War.
This story goes to the time of the creation of The Republic and the influence, of the Way, of the Iroquois; allegiance with survival as the prime motivator: common sense…
That, in a peaceful manor, allowing differing peoples interrelated function despite seeming language barriers. As well, a cooperative view held within each encampment with its people having natural differences and grievances.
In many indigenous languages as well as Asian dialects there exists no past tense. This is why there is much regard for the story tellers. The Hopi Prophecy would be one such example. By and large there was no written language, within indigenous cultures. Though through out, there exists a system of symbology, petroglyphs exist in ice age iconography. These symbols present a universal visual.
Multitudinous languages and dialects exist/ed, yet there was a means of breaking that barrier, clearly communicating; one language that all understood. With no past tense all that is spoken is done so in the present. Thereby the story comes to life; it exists: it is here and now. Making the events long gone become alive, or live. The endeavor to clarify further goes to the overall nature of these languages. One speaks with inflection, cadence, intonation, and the animation of the body. The mystique given sign language was born of conceptualized views of cross language communication. This is universal animation by movement and guttural sounds which enable, by common sense, a basic passing of information.
The Tree of Peace by John Kahionhes Fadden 1*
The people of the Six Nations, also known by the French term, Iroquois Confederacy, call themselves the Hau de no sau nee – ho dee noe sho nee – meaning People Building a Long House. Located in the northeastern region of North America, originally the Six Nations were five; the Mohawks, Oneidas, Onondagas, Cayugas, and Senecas. The sixth nation, the Tuscaroras, migrated into Iroquois country in the early eighteenth century. Together these peoples comprise the oldest living participatory democracy on earth. Their story, and governance truly based on the consent of the governed, contains a great deal of life-promoting intelligence for those of us not familiar with this area of American history. The original United States representative democracy, fashioned by such central authors as Benjamin Franklin and Thomas Jefferson, drew much inspiration from this confederacy of nations. In the end, by and large, a Republic was created to keep rule of law in the hands of the People.
image credit John Kahionhes Fadden
In our present day, we can benefit immensely, in our quest to establish anew a government truly dedicated to all life’s liberty and happiness much as has been practiced by the Six Nations for over 800 hundred years. Though that has not been without its trials and tribulations. Thus, came the story of the Tree of Peace under which all of the allied Nations Warriors weapons were buried. Despite a period of peace, and the growth of the tree, a day comes when the weapons are retrieved. That story will be for another time. As will the events of the early 90’s. Those being a boiling point, long in the making. A time where two opposing factions fought to take control of the Tribal hierarchy. Not unlike the idea of a two party system, within the native reserves, exists Progressives verses Traditional sets of belief.
image credit John Kahionhes Fadden 2*
On June 11, 1776 while the question of independence was being debated, the visiting Iroquois chiefs were formally invited into the meeting hall of the Continental Congress. There a speech was delivered, in which they were addressed as – Brothers – and told of the delegates’ wish that the – friendship – between them would – continue as long as the sun shall shine and the waters run. End Quote of Record…
John Adams believed that American Indian governments collected their authority in one center, a simple or unicameral model, and he also observed that in American Indian governments The People believing that all depended on them. Later in the preface, John Adams observed that Benjamin Franklin, the French Philosophies, and other great philosophers and politicians of the age. were attempting to set up governments akin to modern Indians.
image credit John Kahionhes Fadden – John Adams attends council…
That speech also expressed the hope that the new Americans and the Iroquois act – as one people, and have but one heart. After this speech – 2*, an Onondaga chief requested permission to give Hancock an Indian name. The Congress graciously consented, and so the president was renamed Karanduawn, or the Great Tree. This was known to the Iroquois as a Great Honor as this was The Tree of Peace story tellers kept alive.
With the Iroquois chiefs inside the halls of Congress on the eve of American Independence, the impact of Iroquois ideas on the founders is unmistakable. History is indebted to Charles Thomson, an adopted Delaware, whose knowledge of and respect for American Indians is reflected in the attention that he gave to this ceremony in the records of the Continental Congress.
3* Letter books of Charles Thomson, Secretary of the Congress, including letters sent, 1779-89; a general index to the records of the Confederation Congress, 1781-89; and other letters and records, 1781-89. Reports of the Committee of the Week, 1781-85; and of the Secretary of the Confederation Congress, 1785-88.
Mohawk are the “People of the Flint”…
otterwalks: 9th Febuary 2015