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Watkwanonweraton - Greetings I remember being taught by my great teacher Ray Tehanetorens Fadden about my own Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) identity. He relayed to me something that made me very proud to be a member of the Mohawk Nation, who are one of the five founding members of this ancient confederacy.

A man known as the Peacemaker came to warring nations and brought with him an idea of peace. These ideas were accepted by the Seneca, Cayuga, Onondaga, Oneida and Mohawk who became known as the Haudenosaunee (the people of the Longhouse). Later the Tuscarora accepted the constitution of the Haudenosaunee as their own. The constitution was known as the Kaianerekowa or Great Law of Peace.

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