Medicine Bear Speaks on the History and Application of Traditional Peace Principles:
"Always work for Peace, Always work for Unity and Always carry a Good Message" appear to be simple and easy teachings to guide our lives. We will explore the source, historical usage and present day application of these principles.
Some of the Original People of Turtle Island had a Peacemaker Story and culture based on the Peace Principles. Many tribes lived for 1000s of years in North America with a wide variety of traditions & cultural models. We will explore teachings from the tribes with a Peacemaker Story, specifically the Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) Nation of Upstate N.Y.
We begin where they would: with the Thanksgiving Address. All meetings, gatherings, forums & ceremony would start with this prayer which brings everyone involved to the sacred space of gratitude these people recognized is the only place from which rational decision making occurs. They would take a half hour or more to say this prayer before any gathering.
The Peacemaker Story from one or two thousand years ago is a 9 day story the Haudenosaunee would tell once a year. The Great Peacemaker came to the five tribes of upstate NY who were in terrible warfare. Over a 40 year period he brought them together and they evolved “The Great Law of Peace” as a system of governance.
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