Posts Tagged ‘peace’
“Throughout history, the way of love and truth has always won.” – Ghandi
We were in Morocco on a peace tour with the Native American International Cultural Exchange. It was an amazing experience, and we are so inspired by the work that Jake has done with the Tree of Peace Society. Here’s some info:
The Tree of Peace Society is a non-profit cultural and environmental organization founded in 1984 by Tekaronianeken, Jake Swamp, Wolf Clan sub-chief of the Kahniakehaka (People of the Flint), Mohawk Nation. For more than thirty years Chief Swamp has been a Mohawk sub-Chief and representative on the Grand Council of the Haudenosaunee , Iroquois Confederacy : Mohawk, Oneida, Onondaga, Cayuga, Seneca, Tuscarora. He has presented the wide range of his experience in indigenous, environmental and social issues in talks and programs both locally and internationally.
Chief Swamp founded the Tree of Peace Society, a 501(c) 3, non-profit organization and the Tree of Peace Learning Center for Peace, Cultural and Environmental Studies, in an effort to address current topics in environmental and cultural education. The ‘Society’ builds cross-cultural understanding between Native and non-Native people, promotes environmental and social ethics, and works tirelessly to preserve the culture and languages of the Haudenosaunee.
Check out their website at http://www.treeofpeacesociety.info/
We have the privilege of hearing people’s wonderful stories from all over the world. Every one of those stories is presented with a unique voice bestowed by the Creator.
The more we travel, the more we learn how precious the gift of diversity is. We hear quiet people who tell stories about overcoming adversity. We hear people with resounding voices who can encourage an entire audience to laughter and celebration. And we hear elders offering the wisdom of their experience through stories to their grandchildren.
And many of their stories are much like the ones we tell. Their stories, and ours, honor our ancestors, speak of the children we love and give thanks for the bounty our Mother Earth provides for us.
We celebrate all of these people and the stories they tell.
Lead me from death to life, from falsehood to truth; Lead me from despair to hope, from fear to trust; Lead me from hate to love, from war to peace; Let peace fill our heart, our world, our universe.
Force, no matter how concealed, begets resistance.