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All the Agents and SaintsDispatches from the U.S. Borderlands$
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Stephanie Elizondo Griest

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9781469631592

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: January 2018

DOI: 10.5149/northcarolina/9781469631592.001.0001

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The Words That Come Before All Else

The Words That Come Before All Else

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All the Agents and Saints

Stephanie Elizondo Griest

University of North Carolina Press

The author ends her journey at Akwesasne with a visit to the Longhouse, where she participates in a Strawberry Ceremony celebrating the arrival of summer. There, she learns about the Ohen:ton Karihwatehkwen, the Thanksgiving Address that is given before all events of consequence throughout the Haudenosaunee/Iroquois Confederacy. In it, all the forces that construct the universe are individually thanked, from the berries to the fish to the birds to the moon.

Keywords:   Strawberry Ceremony, longhouse, Haudenosaunee Confederacy, St. Regis Mohawk Tribe, Akwesasne, U.S. Canada border, native sovereignty, North Country, Ohen:ton Karihwatehkwen, Iroquois

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