Onondaga


Power is not manifested in the human being. True power is in the creator. If we continue to ignore the message by which we exist and we continue to destroy the source of our lives then our children will suffer… I must warn you that the creator made us all equal with another. And not only human beings, but all life is equal. The equality of our life is what you must understand and the principles by which you must continue on behalf of the future of this world. Economics and technology may assist you, but they will destroy you if you do not use the principles of equality. Profit and loss will mean nothing to your future generations…

I do not see a delegation for the four footed. I see not seat for the eagles. We forget and we consider our selves superior, but we are after all a mere part of the Creation. And we must continue to understand where we are. And we stand between the mountain, the ant, somewhere and there only, as part and parcel of Creation. It is our responsibility, since we have been given the minds to take care of these things. The elements and the animals, and the birds, they live in grace. They are absolute , they can do wrong. Is it only we, the two-leggeds, that can do this. And when we do this to our brothers, to our own brothers, then we do the worst in the eyes of our Creator.

Oren Lyons
From an address delivered to the United Nations, 1977

Onondaga pronounced “ON-on-DAH-gah” comes from their tribal name Onundaga’ono or people of the hills. They originally are from New York but many still living there and also in Ontario, Canada. The Onondaga nation was a member of the Iroquois League or Kanonsionni and the other members were the Mohawk, Seneca, Cayuca, Oneida, and Tuscarora peoples.

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