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IROQUOIS WAYS IN A SAFE HOUSE. AKWESASNE MOHAWK TERRITORY Iethinistenha Iethinonronhkhwa “Our Mothers we Love” The Akwesasne Family Violence Program. Introduction. Sekon Skennen kowa ke Tsitewhasentha iontiakkiahs

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Iethinistenha Iethinonronhkhwa

“Our Mothers we Love”

The Akwesasne Family Violence Program

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  • Sekon Skennen kowa ke

  • Tsitewhasentha iontiakkiahs

  • Akwekon enska atewawenonni ni kwa nikora tanon tionhtenon wa ratons ne onkwesona tanon sekwiotisso

  • Translation:

  • Greetings, are you at peace?

  • My Mohawk name is:

    • She stands by the waterfalls

    • Eel Clan

    • Our names are used in ceremonies and also for our medicines.

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Thanks Giving Address"Ohenton Kariwahtekwen"


  • Today we have gathered and we see that the cycles of life continue. We have been given the duty to live in balance and harmony with each other and all living things. So now, we bring our minds together as one as we give greetings and thanks to each other as people.

  • Now our minds are one.


  • We are all thankful to our Mother, the Earth, for she gives us all that we need for life. She supports our feet as we walk about upon her. It gives us joy that she continues to care for us as she has from the beginning of time. To our mother, we send greetings and thanks.

  • Now our minds are one.


  • We give thanks to all the waters of the world for quenching our thirst and providing us with strength. Water is life. We know its power in many forms-waterfalls and rain, mists and streams, rivers and oceans. With one mind, we send greetings and thanks to the spirit of Water.

  • Now our minds are one.


  • We turn our minds to the all the Fish life in the water. They were instructed to cleanse and purify the water. They also give themselves to us as food. We are grateful that we can still find pure water. So, we turn now to the Fish and send our greetings and thanks.

  • Now our minds are one.


  • Now we turn toward the vast fields of Plant life. As far as the eye can see, the Plants grow, working many wonders. They sustain many life forms. With our minds gathered together, we give thanks and look forward to seeing Plant life for many generations to come.

  • Now our minds are one.

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  • With one mind, we turn to honor and thank all the Food Plants we harvest from the garden. Since the beginning of time, the grains, vegetables, beans and berries have helped the people survive. Many other living things draw strength from them too. We gather all the Plant Foods together as one and send them a greeting of thanks.

  • Now our minds are one.


  • Now we turn to all the Medicine herbs of the world. From the beginning they were instructed to take away sickness. They are always waiting and ready to heal us. We are happy there are still among us those special few who remember how to use these plants for healing. With one mind, we send greetings and thanks to the Medicines and to the keepers of the Medicines.

  • Now our minds are one.


  • We gather our minds together to send greetings and thanks to all the Animal life in the world. They have many things to teach us as people. We are honored by them when they give up their lives so we may use their bodies as food for our people. We see them near our homes and in the deep forests. We are glad they are still here and we hope that it will always be so.

  • Now our minds are one


  • We now turn our thoughts to the Trees. The Earth has many families of Trees who have their own instructions and uses. Some provide us with shelter and shade, others with fruit, beauty and other useful things. Many people of the world use a Tree as a symbol of peace and strength. With one mind, we greet and thank the Tree life.

  • Now our minds are one.


  • We put our minds together as one and thank all the Birds who move and fly about over our heads. The Creator gave them beautiful songs. Each day they remind us to enjoy and appreciate life. The Eagle was chosen to be their leader. To all the Birds-from the smallest to the largest-we send our joyful greetings and thanks.

  • Now our minds are one.

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  • We are all thankful to the powers we know as the Four Winds. We hear their voices in the moving air as they refresh us and purify the air we breathe. They help us to bring the change of seasons. From the four directions they come, bringing us messages and giving us strength. With one mind, we send our greetings and thanks to the Four Winds.

  • Now our minds are one.


  • Now we turn to the west where our grandfathers, the Thunder Beings, live. With lightning and thundering voices, they bring with them the water that renews life. We are thankful that they keep those evil things made by Okwiseres underground. We bring our minds together as one to send greetings and thanks to our Grandfathers, the Thunderers.

  • Now our minds are one.


  • We now send greetings and thanks to our eldest Brother, the Sun. Each day without fail he travels the sky from east to west, bringing the light of a new day. He is the source of all the fires of life. With one mind, we send greetings and thanks to our Brother, the Sun.

  • Now our minds are one.


  • We put our minds together to give thanks to our oldest Grandmother, the Moon, who lights the night-time sky. She is the leader of woman all over the world, and she governs the movement of the ocean tides. By her changing face we measure time, and it is the Moon who watches over the arrival of children here on Earth. With one mind, we send greetings and thanks to our Grandmother, the Moon.

  • Now our minds are one.

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  • We give thanks to the Stars who are spread across the sky like jewelry. We see them in the night, helping the Moon to light the darkness and bringing dew to the gardens and growing things. When we travel at night, they guide us home. With our minds gathered together as one, we send greetings and thanks to the Stars.

  • Now our minds are one.


  • We gather our minds to greet and thank the enlightened Teachers who have come to help throughout the ages. When we forget how to live in harmony, they remind us of the way we were instructed to live as people. With one mind, we send greetings and thanks to these caring teachers.

  • Now our minds are one.


  • Now we turn our thoughts to the creator, or Great Spirit, and send greetings and thanks for all the gifts of Creation. Everything we need to live a good life is here on this Mother Earth. For all the love that is still around us, we gather our minds together as one and send our choicest words of greetings and thanks to the Creator.

  • Now our minds are one.

  • CLOSING WORDS..........

  • We have now arrived at the place where we end our words. Of all the things we have named, it was not our intention to leave anything out. If something was forgotten, we leave it to each individual to send such greetings and thanks in their own way.

  • Now our minds are one.

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Who are the Iroquois?

  • The people of the Longhouse (Haudenosaunee), they originally consist of 5 Nations, the Mohawk, Oneida, Onondaga, Cayuga and the Seneca. The Tuscarora joined the confederacy, making it known as the Six Nations.

  • The Akwesasne Mohawk Territory borders Northeastern United States and Southern Canada, The St. Lawrence River runs right in the middle. The population is approximately 13,000.

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(The Safe House)The Akwesasne Family Violence ProgramIe thi nis ten:ha Ie thi non ronh khwa“Our Mothers We Love”

  • Emergency safe housing for victims of domestic violence, abusive situations, self abuse (drugs & alcohol) and high risk behaviors

  • 24 hour Crisis Hot Line, and on-site support and information available.

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  • Outreach Program

    Ie thi rih wa kwe niehsta:k

    “Embrace all women with Respect”

    • Providing supportive and non-judgmental responses to the crisis situations and families that are at risk for family violence within the community.

    • Providing workshops, education groups, cultural events and traditional teachings for the community, elementary, secondary schools and elders.

    • Facilitate open and closed support groups such as; grief recovery, talking circle, sweat lodge ceremonies and traditional healing.

      “Committed to the prevention and the elimination of Family Violence in our Community.”

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Men For Change

Te hot te nion ha ke

  • 16 week court mandated educational group

  • Traditional teachings

  • Men’s Talking Circles & Grief Recovery

  • Individual counseling and referrals provided

  • Networking with community agencies

  • Individual sessions available for women

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KanawayhitowinTaking Care of Each Others Spirit

  • Project funded by the Ontario Federation of Indian Friendship Centers and by the Province of Ontario Women’s Directorate.

  • Jake Swamp who works in our Men for Change program, did an interview on this DVD.

  • It is an Aboriginal initiative to raise awareness about the signs of abuse in our communities, and offers advice to help support at risk individuals.

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Iroquois Way of Life

  • Through legends, stories, traditional teachings, cultural events, songs, dances and ceremonies we have kept our ways of life alive.

  • It is not a religion, it is in the way we carry ourselves on a daily basis. We believe that everyone and everything has its purpose and holds responsibility to the survival of our Nation.

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  • We are born into the ways of life, from the time of conception till the time of death, these teaching are instilled upon us.

  • For example; our birthing ceremony. It is our way to welcome and celebrate life, we have songs, prayers and medicines to offer and honor this rite of passage for all that is involved.

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  • These teachings, songs, ceremonies are passed down thru the generation orally and carried out beyond immediate family.

  • It is carried out to extended families, the community and also to the entire six nations.

  • Many of our beliefs, legends, stories, and ways of life have similarities to other cultures. Such as; our legends of the little people.

  • They are mischievous, playful and serve a purpose to our people. We give thanks to them, honor them, celebrate them, give offerings and ceremonies for them and in return they take care of the animals, the plants and medicines.

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  • It has never been our way to be abusive or violence to other living things or to our environment.

  • Through colonialization we have been introduced to many destructive ways of life. Through trades we have introduced to alcohol, through boarding schools we have been introduced to physical, sexual abuse and violence. Through the value of money we have lost sight of our humble lifestyle and have traded it for luxuries, shiny objects and materialistic lifestyles.

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  • We have learned behaviors that have brought our people shame and guilt.

  • These behaviors can be unlearned. Like the learned behavior of violence, abuse, power and control.

  • We reintroduce our ways of life, our culture and traditions to the women, children and men who seek help for a healthier lifestyle and are ready to welcome change into their lives.

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Movie Clip of and guilt.DV & getting help

STOP Domestic Violence Program/AFVP

Produced by: Tsiioni Fox

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Condolence Ceremony and guilt.

  • Grief

  • Protocol & Procedures of wakes & Funerals

  • Words offered to the family and loved ones.

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Who and guilt.





Sweet grass




Time of day












Moon ceremony





Put their mind at ease


Rid of negative energy


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Kontiwennenha:wi and guilt.Females are the carriers of the words

  • Bear Fox is a song writer and singer in the Akwesasne Mohawk Territory, she has performed internationally and continues to bless us with her words and voice.

  • With her permission, today I brought you a song that is on her latest CD called “The Women’s Power Song”. I chose this song because I wanted to leave you all with the blessings, to offer you all protection while you are away from home and to have a safe travel home.

  • My main purpose for speaking today was to share our culture and traditions, to give my community a voice, and to allow you all to embrace the hope, that even in today’s times, we still believe, have honor and practice our cultural ceremonies and traditions.

  • Translation of the song:

  • Nia:wen Kowa/Thank you