Great Law Direct Democracy, Responsibilities – Straightening the Tree of Peace


We  are  GRATEFUL and THANK  Paul Delaronde, Loran Thompson, Francis Boots  and Wandeyu Estrada-Goeman and the participants for providing us all with this wonderful series of videos.

1: Straightening the Tree of Peace

Paul Delaronde talks about the Natural Way, that reason for our ceremonies.

– The “Three Sisters” are our little sisters, because they have to be taught “cultivated,”metaphor for womanhood.

– Talks about Peach stone game.

– Talks about the ceremonies were intended for, and begins explaining the Chief Circle wampum.

2: Role of Tadodaho and Clan mothers

Paul continues to talks about how the “Chief Circle Wampum” is not about the chiefs, but about the families, and how our language explain that. Talks about the job of these families.

– Talks about the role of Tadodaho title.- What his job is in the council is-Binds all 49 families together– Keeps things going.

– Role of Clan mothers to their families

3: Really using a Good Mind and meaning of Wasase

Paul talks about how we’ve a taught that having a “good mind” is a mind that does what it’s told. But in our language, the real meaning is “A mind that works.”

– Faith, accepting things without proof, comes from the church, is not our way. Questioning, thinking and learning is our way.

– Real meaning of Wasase, it’s not a War Dance.

4: Roast Story metaphor for blind tradition

– “One mind” vs consensus using the clan system.
– GREAT Roast Story used as metaphor for blindly following tradition without knowing why. Cornhusk dolls cited as example
– Teaching kids respect with our stories and oral traditions

5: Meaning of the Firekeepers

Loran Thompson talks about metaphorical meaning of Firekeepers.

Short video (it was last one before lunch break)

6: Gajistah Wampum at Meetings

(rough opening, sound starts at :45 sec) Loran talks about the importance of the “Gajistah” wampum at all official meeting

– It holds the words of all the people. Can be used as reminder to the title holders that they need to listen to people.

7: Role of Tadodaho has changed

Loran says in the law everyone is equal, but in recent times Tadodaho has been put higher than everyone, which is wrong.

– Label as “chief of chiefs” was struck down during grand council meeting.

8: Addressing Titleholders

Francis Boots opens the floor to questions.

– A question about how to properly address a titleholder when they refuse to listen to their people, and how to proceed when it continues.

FYI – There is no No. 9 Video

10: Our POWER is the PEOPLE

– Weapons under the tree of peace are not literal weapons
– Titleholders have become complacent, and trying to use power OVER the people instead of WITH the people.
– The mothers have to look at the real character of titleholders and decide if that’s who they want representing the people.

11: The Men's Duties

Paul talks about the men’s duties– Father’s/Uncles/ Grandfathers

-Men, and everybody else need to begin actively using their minds, and start taking responsibility for themselves

12: Black Wampum in a warning

Loran talks about how we used to pick our leaders, as opposed to how they’re picked now (seat warmers example)
– Got a reputation for being”troublemakers” because they took action.
– The people need to meet, and start repairing the government. Black wampum used to warn the titleholders.

13: The Big Stick and The Seagull Wing

Loran, Paul and Frances discuss what the responsibilities of “Hononwireton” (represents the big stick) and “Skanawadi” (represents the seagull wing) to the people in times of conflict.
– Loran talk about how to handle a situation when you have only one clan mother, instead of the clan’s usual three (who would normally help provide checks and balances)
– Paul recalls Myron McClary, former Hononwireton with a lot respect.

14: Kayaneren’kó:wa vs Peacemakers Journey

Francis Boots talks about how recent recitals of the Kayaneren’kó:wa only recited was the story of Peacemaker’s journey, over and over, but ignored crucial parts of the e Kayaneren’kó:wa.
-Paul talks about the hypocrisy of Canada and United States when dealing with Native Peoples.

15: The George Washington Belt NOT for us

Loran talks about the truth of the George Washington Belt. By Haudenosaunee embracing it, we are accepting that we are wards of the United States.

16: Canandaigua Treaty is fraudulent

Mohawks never signed Canandaigua. Chiefs are not supposed to travel outside the territory, war chief and men are supposed to represent them.

1: Clan Meetings

Loran discusses how issues are brought forth in a clan meeting: Passed back and forth, discussed, and negotiated.

2: Protocols and Procedures

Francis introduces a discussion about the proper manners, protocols and procedures that should be exercised by the people and the leadership during clan meetings….especially when something is critical.

3: Danger of shortening our language

Loran talks about how shortening our language makes it meaningless, which inhibits us from understanding our ways.
– Paul talks about the 49 clan families.

4: The Community and Grand Council Meetings

The process of the holding a Grand Council meeting is having a runner inform ALL the families in the communities.
– If they’re not than it’s not legitimate

5: Everyone is EQUAL

Loran talks about our people living with the Great Law vs living under the George Washington Belt,
– Under the Great Law, we are all equal, but under the GWB, we are all wards, and it sets up a hierarchy in the community.

6: Mock Clan Meeting Topic

Paul briefly talks about the importance of speaking our language in it’s entirety.
– Francis introduces the topic for the mock clan meeting: Great Law vs George Washington Belt.

7: Men's Responsibility of Title

Paul Explains the role of the men as Title holders going off the lands.

8: Blood Quantum/Status

Paul talks about the politics of blood quantum and status of Native people.

9: Adoption

Paul and Loran talk about how blood quantum and status was created by outside governments to weaken community.
– Loran talks about the process of adopting a family member without a clan.


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