Monuments To Six Nation Indians
One early dawn of the Moon of New Grass a group of young Awkesasne warriors
started on a tour through the eastern country, their destination, every known
marker or important monument erected to Six Nation Indians. The young Mohawks
did not travel on foot as did their ancient forefathers. They traveled by car
upon hard paved highways, that traced the well worn paths of the old Iroquois.
From the St. Regis Reservation they headed over the Adirondack Mountains, past
the Akwesasne Club Cabin near Onchiota and on to the shore of the beautiful Lake
Champlain. Traveling south along this lake they soon reached Ticonderoga,
birthplace of the famous Indian Pageants.
The Forest Theater, Ticonderoga, New
Monument To Aroniateka 'Fiendich'
Lake George Village, New York
The Spring Of The Great Spirit,
Saratoga, New York
Sir William Johnson, Johnstown, New
Kateri Tekakwitha, Mohawk Women,
Auriesville, New York
Oneida Tribal Stone, Utica, New York
Skenandoah's Grave, Hamilton College
Clinton, New York
Monument to Kaniatario at Onondago
Monument to Onondaga Indians,
Syracuse, New York
Logan Monument, Auburn, New York
Red Jacket Monument, Canoga, New
Red Jacket Monument, Branch Port,
Monument To Mother Of Red Jacket.
Keuka Lake, New York
Monument To Guyanoga, Guyanoga
Valley. New York
Monument To Canesque, A Seneca
Chief, Naples, New York
- Treaty Rock, Canandaigua, New York
The Great Central Trail Of The Long
House, Route 5, New York
Monument To Deh-He-Wa-Mis (Mary
Jemison) At Letchworth Park, New York
Seneca Council House, Letchworth
Park, New York
Ely S. Parker (Do-Ne-Ho-Ga-Weh)
Homestead, Tonawanda Reservation
Red Jacket Monument, Forest Lawn
Cemetery, Buffalo, New York
Thayendanegea, Captain Joseph Brant
Mohawk Church, Brantford, Ontario,
Emily Pauline Johnson, Mohawk
Poetess, Six Nation Country
Grave Of Tenh-Wen-Nyos. Gov.
Blacksnake, Allegany Reserve
Logan Elm And Monument, Circleville,
Conrad Weiser, Terachiawagon,
The Grave Of Shikellamy, Sunbury,
The Coming Of The Mohawks,
Thendinaga Reservation, Ontario, Canada
Mohawk Monument, Annapolis Royal,
Our Prayer to Hawenio, the Great Spirit
Oh Hear us Great One!
We, the children of the forests, the plains,
Ask that you look down and pity us.
Give us back the things that once were ours.
Give us back our pride in the greatness of
Let us be as a people once again,
Strong yet gentle, proud yet humble, happy
Make us mindful that all things came from
Listen to the cry of your children who have
forgotten the teachings of their elders.
Give them sight that they may once again see
that which is good for them.
Teach them the wisdom of the earth, the
trees and the rivers.
Let them learn to live again as their
fathers before them did.
Listen to the cry of the old people.
They cry because those things that you gave
them have been taken from them.
They are as slaves driven by hard masters.
Who obey the crack of the lash as an animal,
too frightened to resist!
Oh Hawenio, give them back their courage and
Make them men instead of frightened.
Let them once again hearken to the council
of their wise men.
Let us hear once more the Victory Songs,
And the sound of our Council Drums.
Give them back that courage that made our
people in the past fight against superior
odds and go down singing their Death Songs!
May we once again remember to sing our old
songs in remembrance of you.
Let us gather around our council fires and
Hear again the tales of our great ones,
those who lived before us,
That our young men and women will have
something to follow,
A straight trail that will lead them out of
the low places and will take them to the
high places, the tops of the mountains,
Where once again our Elder Brother, the sun,
will shine upon them.
Let those who would harm our children, those
who would take away their pride, those who
would make them forget their people,
Hear our prayer! We, your Red Children have
not fogotten you.
Have you forgotten us?
Help us Hawenio!
Notes About Book:
Source: Monuments To Six Nation
Indians, by By Aren Akweks. Privately
Online Publication: The manuscript was
scanned and then ocr'd. Minimal editing was
done and the reader should expect some