Haudenosaunee Thanksgiving Address – It’s all about gratitude

In reading Braiding Sweetgrass by Robin Wall Kimmerer, I found the Haudenosaunee (also known as the Iroquois Confederacy or Six Nations — Mohawk, Oneida, Cayuga, Onondaga, Seneca, and Tuscarora) practice of expressing gratitude to all our relatives that is spoken and participated in by all at the opening of every gathering, religious or social, and as a daily sunrise prayer.  I am going to be relating one at a time – look back here for more.  Know that the Haudenosaunee consider this a gift to the world and want it to be shared.

In their own words:

(It)… is an ancient message of peace and appreciation of Mother Earth and her inhabitants. The children learn that, according to Native American tradition, people everywhere are embraced as family. Our diversity, like all wonders of Nature, is truly a gift for which we are thankful.

When one recites the Thanksgiving Address the Natural World is thanked, and in thanking each life-sustaining force, one becomes spiritually tied to each of the forces of the Natural and Spiritual World.  The Thanksgiving Address teaches mutual respect, conservation, love, generosity, and the responsibility to understand that what is done to one part of the Web of Life, we do to ourselves.

The People

Today we have gathered and we see that the cycles of life continue. We have been given the duty and responsibility 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 our greetings and our thanks to one another as people.  

                                        NOW OUR MINDS ARE ONE

For the entire Thanksgiving Address go: http://danceforallpeople.com/haudenosaunee-thanksgiving-address/