“The Trees” from the Thanksgiving Address

We had Thanksgiving at a friends house and before the dinner we all read parts from the Thanksgiving Address, which is the central prayer and invocation for the Haudenosaunee, also known as the Iroquois Confederacy or Six Nations — Mohawk, Oneida, Cayuga, Onondaga, Seneca, and Tuscarora. It reflects their relationship of giving thanks for life and the world around them. The Haudenosaunee open and close every social and religious meeting with the Thanksgiving Address.

I liked this part the best.

The Trees

We now turn our thoughts to the Trees. The Earth has many families of Trees who have their own instructions and uses. Some provide us with shelter and shade, others with fruit, beauty and other useful things. Many people of the world use a Tree as a symbol of peace and strength. With one mind, we greet and thank the Tree life.

Here is a link if you would like to read the Thanksgiving Address, hope you all enjoy