The Great Law of Peace

On August 2, 1133, a solar eclipse occurred in Turtle Island. Oral tradition says all violence stopped the day the sun darkened, and the day turned to night.  The creator sent the peace maker, Deganawidah to spread the Kariwiio to the people. Aiionwatha (Hiawatha) helped Deganawidah to teach the laws of peace to the Haudenosaunee, keepers of the constitution of the great law of peace.

Deganawidah negotiated the weapons of war to be buried, under the Pine Tree of Peace planted in the Onondaga territory of Turtle Island.  Above the tree an eagle was placed to guard the buried weapons of war to protect the weapons of war from being used again.

The Great Law of Peace is a Turtle Island democratic system of governance with managed territories, established trade routes, tribal leadership, and inter-tribal kinship relationships that promoted peace, friendship and inter-tribal kinship relationships.

Kinship relationships, kept through the reciting of genealogies, recorded by wampum belts, and the shared smoking of tabac at council fire.  A consensus democratic system of governance that provided for any tribe, monarch, or nation state to become a member tribe of the Great Law of Peace, by making know to the Great Law of Peace Council.

Making Known

On May 27, 1603, Francois Grave du Pont and Samuel de Champlain, representatives of King Henry IV, made know to the Great Law of Peace Council, at a tabagie (council fire).