THANKSGIVING ADDRESS: Greetings to the Natural World
English by John Stokes and David Kanawahienton Benedict Mohawk by Dan Rokwaho Thompson
Illustrations by John Kahionhes Fadden
We are pleased to offer the Thanksgiving Address: Greetings to the Natural World in a pocket-size (4” x 5”) edition. These traditional Native American words of thanksgiving come from the people of the Six Nations — the Mohawk, Oneida, Onondaga, Cayuga, Seneca and Tuscarora — also known as the Iroquois or Haudenosaunee, who live in upstate New York, Wisconsin and Canada. Spoken as a spiritual address to the powers of the natural world, these words are used to open gatherings in order to bring the minds of the people together as one and align the gathered minds with Nature. The roots of these words reach back thousands of years to the very origins of the Haudenosaunee as a people.
We currently have ten different language editions: English, German, Swedish, Japanese, Portuguese, Spanish, Bisayan, French, Hawaiian, Italian and Hebrew. Each language edition presents the original Mohawk text beneath the featured language, showing the roots of our inspiration.
This publication was produced by The Tracking Project together with the Tree of Peace Society, the Six Nations Indian Museum and the Native Self-Sufficiency Center; proceeds are shared among these groups.