Traditional Mohawk Teachings that speak of the importance of women, respect for nature and universal peace.
Historically, the Mohawk First Nation has long been associated with violence, although their society is based on the Great Law of Peace. At long last, this book draws back a veil on the true nature of the Mohawk people, their beliefs and their great struggles. For an entire year, Guylaine Cliche spent time with people from the Traditional Mohawk Council of Kahnawake, attended ceremonies and recorded their teachings, so she could pass them on to us in writing. To echo the oral tradition, she has organized the book like a talking circle, in which fifteen people from nine different clans express themselves. To ensure the text’s accuracy, she carried out this task under the supervision of the Traditional Council. This little-known culture cannot be understood without the knowledge of certain traditional teachings unfamiliar to outsiders. These include the absolutely essential teachings of the Moon, which highlight the importance of women at the heart of society, since, according to the Mohawks, Sky Woman was the source of Creation. As a matrilineal nation, the Mohawks speak to us, among other things, of how urgent it is to re-establish female power in our modern societies. A new universal equilibrium must emerge, based on respect for the environment and a return to values of peace and understanding among nations. A heartfelt plea to make a better world a reality, this book leads us into a universe endowed with a rich and deep spirituality. It encourages us to reengage with our roots and makes us want to take concrete action to honour and respect our Mother Earth. The Kanienkehaka, “People of the Flint”, are the founders of the Five Nations of the Iroquois confederacy and the Great Law of Peace. The Traditional Mohawk Council of Kahnawake is what is known as a “Longhouse”. A Longhouse is much more than a dwelling: it’s a way of life that ensures the peace and tranquillity of its inhabitants.