Posts Tagged ‘environment’

Jake Swamp

Jake Swamp

Here’s a great photo of Jake Swamp of the Haudensaunee People.

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┬áLearning┬áCenter 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/

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Since the beginning of time, all things in the natural world have upheld their responsibilities. As we look around, we can see this. Every morning the sun rises to warm all things on this Earth, that it may grow. Every evening our Grandmother Moon rises, and controls the ebb and flow of all the water, including our own. And the stars twinkle in the darkness so we may never lose our way.

Even in the heart of a concrete jungle, the little birds sing so sweetly so that we may be encouraged to go on. And since the beginning of time, we have never needed to go anywhere else for everything that we need. Right here, on our Mother Earth, we have been given food, shelter, clothing, medicine and tools that we may survive and live well. We are blessed.

So today, and every day, we are thankful for this land, for all our relatives and we ask forgiveness for the harm we have done. We express our deepest gratitude for all that is given. The Earth is our Mother…care for her.

Miigwetch (all that is given I hold in the highest regard).

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Thousand Palms

Yesterday we sat and told stories to a little lizard in the Thousand Palms preserve in southern California. He came over for a visit while we were enjoying the beauty of the land. He sat and listened, with great attention.

We’re never far from nature, it is inside us everywhere we go. Being out in the open air, feeling the warmth of the sun on our skin and hearing the cooling sounds of the water as it travelled past us…felt good.

We are part of nature, and nature is a part of us. So it was, and so it will always be.

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