Thursday, December 4, 2008

Indigenous Native American Prophecy (Elders Speak part 2)

Part 2 of this 5 part series features Chief Joagquisho (Oren Lyons), Faithkeeper of the Turtle Clan of the Onondaga Nation, and a Chief of the Onondaga Nation Council of Chiefs of the Six Nations of the Iroquois Confederacy, the Haudenosaunee or "People of the Long House."

In this video Chief Oren Lyons talks about the responsibility each generation bears to pass on a healthy planet to the “seventh generation” to come.

“No tree grows by itself. A tree is a community. Certain plants will gather around certain trees and certain medicines will gather around those certain plants, so that if you kill all the trees, if you cut all the trees, then you’re destroying a community. You’re not just destroying a tree, you’re destroying a whole community that surrounds it and thrives on it and that may be very important medicine for people or for animals. … If you replant the tree, you don’t replant the community - you replant the tree. So you’ve lost a community. And if you clear cut, which is what is happening in America and Canada a great deal these days, and I guess around the world, then you are really a destructive force.” - Chief Oren Lyons

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