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Roots Of Peacemaking

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2009 event archive “Roots of Peacemaking: Indigenous Values, Global Crisis” 

is the first in an ongoing series of events that include conferences, cultural exchanges and concerts.  This is a United Nation International Day of Peace event.  It  is the result of an ongoing collaboration between the Onondaga Nation and Syracuse University.   Syracuse is located on Onondaga Nation ancestral land, the Central Fire of the Haudenosaunee Confederacy (‘People of the Longhouse’).  Onondaga Lake is where the Peacemaker, Hiawantha, and the Tadadaho came together to plant the Tree of Peace to establish the Great Law of Peace.  Since that time a millennium ago the Haudenosaunee have organized themselves according to these principles.  Founding Fathers of the United States, including Benjamin Franklin and Thomas Jefferson, were deeply impressed with the Haudenosaunee processes and incorporated many of these ideas into the United States Constitution.  Onondaga Lake is therefore the Indigenous birthplace of democracy.  Ironically it is also the most polluted lake in the United States.  These conflicting realities symbolize the hopes and challenges of Indigenous people, as well as all people in our world. The Indigenous Sustainability Studies Project (ISSP) is an inter-disciplinary, multi-cultural, international project is a collaboration between the Onondaga Nation, Syracuse University, SUNY-ESF, and Neighbors of the Onondaga Nation (NOON).  Other institutions and community groups will be added to this collaboration.  It is connected with Native American Studies in the College of Arts and Science at Syracuse University.  The ISSP is devoted to investigating the current critical state of Indigenous people, their traditions, and their environments and dedicated to promoting Indigenous cultural values in order that there be a better possibility for human communities throughout the world to flourish.  Initially the ISSP will promote an international awareness of the environmental and spiritual crises facing Indigenous people of the Haudenosaunee as well as around the world, through a series of high profile cultural events.

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