January 2016



Sometimes winter can seem forbidding, cold, snowy. But for Mother Earth it is a time of rejuvenation and slumber in preparation for the spring and summer months of growth and renewal. For us too it can be a time of renewal and reflection. We can enjoy winter sports – cross country or down hill skiing, ice skating, snowshoeing. Or indoor activities – reading, cooking, planning for the next growing season. Winter has its own rhythm and beauty if you are open to and look for the things winter offers.

We enter the winter season with the end of the growing season – the harvest and impetuous for our Thanksgiving Day celebration. The Solstice in December brings the returning of the sun as the days begin to grow longer – a natural time for the Christian religions to celebrate Christmas, the birth of the son. So we prepare and come together with family and friends sharing meals, exchanging gifts, recalling memories, playing games, laughing together and renewing the bonds of our history and heritage that unites and binds us together.

The Onondaga have their Harvest Ceremonies in the fall – in recognition of the growing seasons bounty. Each of their seasonal ceremonies links them to Mother Earth. Each has its place in the cycle of nature. And now they are celebrating their Mid-Winter Ceremonies. So, too, they prepare and come together at mid-winter with family and friends sharing meals, exchanging gifts, recalling memories, playing games, laughing together to renewing the bonds of their history and heritage that unites and binds them together. 

Each of us in our own way feels a need to set aside time to reconnect, remember and renew ourselves. We can embrace our differences and celebrate them while we recognize our human similarities. We can embrace this time of quiet beauty as the earth lays dormant in preparation to continue the cycle of nature. We can reflect on our oneness with each other and with the environment.



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An article on the Native American Graves and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA) by Clan Mother, Wendy Gonyea shares her view of the grave robbing, looting, dissecting and dismembering of Native American ancestors in the name of science and history. Military personnel were directed in 1868 to collect Native American brains for study by the Surgeon General. Hundreds, possibly thousands of human remains are kept at museums with the label ‘Unaffiliated” because descendants are required to prove their ancestor's remains to a specific native nation. The Ancient One, or the Kennewick Man, discovered in the banks of the Columbia River in 1996, has been entangled in bureaucracy, lawsuits and interpretation of NAGPRA for the past 18 years!

Fontenac's empty victory Onondaga History- 1694- Frontenac’s Empty Victory Story recounted from history of Onondaga County, New York by W.W. Clayton 1878 describes not only the excursion into Onondaga territory but highlights “the charecter and convictions from which we (the Onondagas) decend as we remember and recount our history.”

There is a list of the many Haudenosaunee Foods from the water, fields, garden, woods, skies with sample meals.

And, of course, there is Kent Lyon”s always seasonal and inspirational reflection on the Onondaga Moon.

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NOON Steering Committee Meeting, February 9, 7-8:30 pm, Syracuse Peace Council, 2013 E. Genesee St., Syracuse, open meeting. Since new people often have a lot of questions, we recommend talking with Carol Baum, Syracuse Peace Council Staff (315-472-5478, carol@peacecouncil.net) or Sue Eiholzer, NOON Volunteer (315-492-2684,  rsue@twcny.rr.com) before the meeting.


Seneca Art & Culture Center, Gananogan, winter closing, Jan 16-Feb 12,

Iroquois Museum, 35th Anniversary, 2016. To commemorate the museum will be printing a Museum History booklet. If you would like to be included in the booklet by helping to sponsor the 2016 season of events, this link will open a sponsorship form detailing levels of sponsorship and benefits. The form can be filled out and returned via e-mail or snail mail. https://gallery.mailchimp.com/c96551a7d617bc8633ebe8262/files/2016_SPONSORSHIP_FORM.pdf

Spider Woman Theater – "Material Witness" by has been successfully funded through Kickstarter. Thanks to all who chose to support this activity.
Remember Whitesboro, NY and their seal?     
Town officials have defended it as depicting a friendly wrestling match. However, they did think it prudent in 1970 to redesign the seal and move the Hugh White's (town founder) hands from the neck of the scantily dressed native to his shoulders. The seal has generated controversy for several years. It prompted a nation wide petition this past year garnering 9,667 signatures and attention from media recently. Voters had 8-10 options to choose from when they voted Monday, January 11
th to decide whether to keep or change their seal. They decided to keep the seal and not change it. 


13th Annual Native American Winter Games & Sports, FEB. 27, 10am-4pm, Free and Open to the public, Suggested donation $10 per family. Dogsled demonstrations, snowsnake, snowshoeing and a snowboat competition (think Pinewood Derby)! Visitors are encouraged to make their own 15" snowboats to race on the course. The day will also be filled with storytelling in the Bark Longhouse, make-and-take winter bird feeders and delicious Iroquois White Corn-inspired foods. Plus, we're offering free admission to our Seneca Art & Culture Center and complimentary snowshoe rental. Event will take place with or without snow. http://www.ganondagan.org/Events-Programs/Native-American-Winter-Games-Sports?utm_source=Looking+Forward+to+a+Bright+2016+at+Ganondagan&utm_campaign=Looking+forward+to+a+Bright+2016+at+Ganondagan&utm_medium=email

Iroquois Museum, July 9th , 35th anniversary celebration.

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