Thanksgiving Address: Greetings to the Natural World
By Haudenosaunee (Six Nations or Iroquois). Illustrated By Kahionhes, Turtle Clan/Mohawk
These words are spoken before and after all ceremonial and governmental gatherings. The belief is that the world must not be taken for granted, and that communicating thankfulness aligns the minds and hearts of the people with Nature. This forms a guiding principle of culture.