THE THANKSGIVING ADDRESS

10-am to 12 noon

Friday, November 25th

(Rain date: Saturday, November 26th)

The Gazebo in Sunshine Meadows at the Botanical Gardens of Asheville

151 W. T. Weaver Blvd., Asheville, 28804

Everyone is invited to a celebration of the Thanksgiving Address of the Six Nations (Haudenosaunee or Iroquois), which has been in use for more than a thousand years at the beginning of all ceremonial and governmental gatherings of the Mohawk, Oneida, Cayuga, Onondaga, Seneca and Tuscarora peoples of Upstate New York and Canada.

  • A community celebration with all 17 greetings and possibly 2 chants
  • Dress for the weather
  • Visitors Center with indoor heat, restrooms, electricity and potable water is available from 11 am
  • Potluck in gazebo after ceremony
  • Donations collected for the Gardens.
  • Children, friends and families welcome, and the event is handicapped accessible.

WHAT IS THE THANKSGIVING ADDRESS?

The Thanksgiving Address of the Six Nations (Haudenosaunee or Iroquois) has been in use for more than a thousand years at the beginning of all ceremonial and governmental gatherings of the Mohawk, Oneida, Cayuga, Onondaga, Seneca, Tuscarora peoples of Upstate New York and Canada.  Click here to watch a video about current Onondaga thinking on the meaning of The Thanksgiving Address.

The U.S Constitution and the form of our government was heavily influenced by the Iroquois Confederacy. Here is a PBS article explaining that influence: https://www.pbs.org/native-america/blogs/native-voices/how-the-iroquois-great-law-of-peace-shaped-us-democracy/

A chapter on The Thanksgiving Address is found in Braiding Sweetgrass by Robin Wall Kimmerer—an enrolled member of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation.  Here is a reading from that chapter: https://youtu.be/FMyPchtwXWw

The Naraya Cultural Preservation Council's website shares the words of the The Thanksgiving Address: https://danceforallpeople.com/haudenosaunee-thanksgiving-address/

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