"The Longhouse will be a place of teaching about our creation stories and principles of living in harmony as they were given to our people in the original Good Message,”
We are at a time when Mother Nature is fighting extinction. Human beings are spiritually and physically sick, and many people are seeking new ways of living in balance,” says Kanerahtiio. “As the oldest living democracy in the world, our traditional methods of living in right relationship will help us all heal together. It is time to make the old ways new again. It is time to restore balance and return to the original message of the Great Law of Peace.
The Longhouse will be a place of teaching about our creation stories and principles of living in harmony as they were given to our people in the original Good Message,” says Kanerahtiio. People of all walks of life have come to welcome the Mohawks back to the Valley and learn about the Great Law of Peace, which governs how we come together as communities.
THE GREAT LAW OF PEACE
When the Europeans first came to these shores, the People of the Longhouse taught the visitors the principles of the Great Law, including how to caucus, methods of impeachment, the supremacy of governance by and from the people, and the exclusion of religion from governance. These teachings formed the basis of the fledgling colonial democracy. However, the framers of the U.S. Constitution left out the central concepts of the rights of nature and the equality of women from their borrowed blueprint.
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Kanien'kéha is a language of the Haudenosaunee family, spoken primarily in Quebec, Ontario and New York State. Kanien'kéha speakers have been recognized for centuries for their rich repertoires of oratorical styles.
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