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ERIC Number: EJ959910
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005
Pages: 8
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 19
ISSN: ISSN-1326-0111
The Seed Is the Law
Antone, Eileen M.
Australian Journal of Indigenous Education, v34 p53-60 2005
Since humanities arise from a specific place and from the people of that place, this article will focus on Peacemaker's revolutionary teachings about the seed of law. Long before the people from across the ocean arrived here on Turtle Island (North America) there was much warfare happening. According to John Mohawk (2001, para. 1), an Iroquoian social historian, "[t]he people had been at war for so long that some were born knowing they had enemies [but] not knowing why they had enemies". Peacemaker planted the seeds of peace which resulted in the Kayenla'kowa, the Great Law of Peace (n. d.), which is the basis of the Hotinoshni Confederacy. With the burial of the weapons of war under the Great Tree of Peace the Hotinoshni were able to develop their rituals and ceremonies to reflect their relationship with creation. This peaceful confederacy was disrupted shortly after the Europeans arrived with their violent imperialistic ways of life. The 1996 Royal Commission on Aboriginal People (RCAP) documented the situation of Aboriginal communities, which was the result of oppressive policies and programs of colonialism. The RCAP also captured the many different voices of the Aboriginal people in their struggle to revitalise their traditional teachings that will make them strong again.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Canada; North America