Friday, February 02, 2007

Inspired by Farmer

The Hiawatha Belt


This belt may be the oldest. It represents the first United Nations agreement, the first time in history anywhere on the globe where independent nations were able to join together under a unified government that allowed individual customs and governments of member nations. Prior to this idea, throughout the world's history in all places and times, national growth was by conquest and forced subjection -- empire growth. This belt memorialized Haudaunosee, League of the Pine Tree (center) or Great Peace, of the 5 original Iroquois Nations, who became the 6 Nations after they received fleeing southern Tuscarora into the League.

The League was formed to create a lasting peace and a just method of settling disputes and for international diplomacy with non-member tribes some time before European contact, perhaps 1,000 years ago. At the time of the invaders' arrival, it had begun to grow very slowly. Despite the disruptions and death caused by the invasion, it still exists. The idea of peaceful federation influenced the formation of the federation that was the United States. The idea of a peaceful, cooperative over-govenment, uniting disparate but still sovereign (for local issues, customs, and government) nations and populations is the most important contribution of indigenous peoples of the western hemisphere to others of the world today, though today this idea is not well understood and is only poorly and weakly practiced in the current United Nations Organization. In the orally memorized documentation establishing the League, war weapons -- clubs, tomahawks -- were cast into a pit under the Great Tree's roots (giving rise to our contemporary expression "bury the hatchet"). The vigilant eagle at the top will watch for dangers to the League and the peace.

The original League was the 5 first Iroquoian Nations. Onandaga were (are) Firekeepers and wampum-keepers and are represented as in the center, "Under the Pine Tree" where meetings were held, at their town. Mohawks (Kanienkehake, People of the Flint) are represented as the Eastern Door; Seneca as the Western Door. Oneida and Cayuga are the two central squares. The Constitution of the Iroquois Nations -- archived in World History archives -- is a detailed recording which was memorized, recited regularly, and recorded on wampum belts. There are several different translations or interpretations of this constitution. A small book of one which was worked out with elders of the 6 Nations (Tusacarora refugees joined the League at the end of the 18th century) was published in English by Akwesasne Notes in 1972.


15 Comments:

At 3:00 PM, Blogger sunqinwo said...

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At 3:18 PM, Blogger American Crusader said...

blow me

 
At 5:33 PM, Blogger Always On Watch Two said...

Crusader,
I didn't know that you had this blog too!

 
At 6:21 PM, Blogger Farmer John said...

Course if you enjoy idle speculation, as I do, you might find this interesting, AC.

Did you know that Ben Franklin published quite a number of "Indian Treaties" in the pre-Revolutionary War days? Sometimes I wonder where the tribes were...

 
At 9:05 AM, Blogger American Crusader said...

AOW..I just use this space for things that interest me other than politics. At times, I'll post on something political, but rarely.

 
At 9:09 AM, Blogger American Crusader said...

Farmer, until recently, I had not fully appreciated how much the 6 Nations had influenced our Constitution and Declaration of Independence.
It's interesting that an Indian Woman was an early symbol for American identity.

 
At 9:35 PM, Blogger Farmer John said...

I'd like to think that "she" stands atop the capitol rotunda... although some say she's not a "native"

The Americans Indians were "freedom" personified. At least, to the early Sons of Liberty.

 
At 8:36 AM, Blogger Farmer John said...

btw - Click on the "information" link on the left sidebar at the above URL...

 
At 8:37 AM, Blogger Farmer John said...

...oooops...under "Redmen".

 
At 4:36 PM, Blogger American Crusader said...

More new information. I had never realized that a "native" American was on top the rotunda.

 
At 5:46 PM, Blogger Farmer John said...

I guess you've got to be a "Redskin's" fan.

 
At 1:31 PM, Blogger American Crusader said...

Yeah.... but I was still playing Cowboys and INDIANS!

 
At 2:07 PM, Blogger Farmer John said...

Which one were you

 
At 5:41 PM, Blogger American Crusader said...

The one with the hole in the hat.

 
At 8:35 PM, Blogger nanc said...

i didn't know a.c. had this blog either, aow!

i wondered what happened to farmer for the past couple of weeks - a.c. has been harnessing his energy.

no wonder i've been so tired...

 

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