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A Condor Lands on Eagle Hill

A Condor Lands on Eagle Hill

TYENDINAGA – On Friday March 11th, 2016, His Excellency Wilmer Omar Barrientos Fernandez, the Venezuelan Ambassador to Canada, arrived in Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory to build greater relations between the Onkwehon:we and the Venezuelan people. Tyendinaga is the home of Deganawida, the Peacemaker who brought the Kayenere:kowa or Great Peace to the Haudenosaunee people. The ambassador paid a visit to Eagle Hill, the birthplace of the Peacemaker, and the place where the thinking behind the Kayenere:kowa emerged.

Straightening the Tree of Peace

Straightening the Tree of Peace

LAFAYETTE – A gathering to discuss the duties, rights and responsibilities of the title holders and the people in relation to the Gayanenhsa'gonah was held on March 19th, 2016. Speakers including Kanasaraken, Ateronhiatakon and Tekarontake were invited to speak to the people about how the Gayanenhsa'gonah could be restored. The presentations were filmed by Wandeyu Estrada-Goeman.  

Onkwehon:we Protocols for International Relations

Onkwehon:we Protocols for International Relations

AKWESASNE – Kanasaraken speaks to Real Peoples Media about how the Mohawk people have traditionally handled relations with representatives from other countries and how they go about picking representatives to communicate with those other nations. Topics covered include the protocols involved in picking and sending delegations, the recent history of building nation-to-nation relationships, Mad Bear Anderson's connection to the Cuban revolution, and how the Mohawk language explains these diplomatic concepts.

Kanasaraken on the Condolence Ceremony

Kanasaraken on the Condolence Ceremony

AKWESASNE – Kanasaraken speaks with John Kane and Matt Hill from the Let's Talk Native studio in Cattaraugus about the condolence ceremony developed by Hiawatha and the Peacemaker. The condolence ceremony was essential in helping the Onkwehon:we of those times overcome the trauma and conflict resulting from constant warring and violence and develop the Kayenere:kowa. In this interview, Kanasaraken explains the history and concepts of the condolence ceremony and details how it is not just for the condoling of chiefs and clanmothers, but can be used to overcome a myriad of issues and concerns between people and within communities.