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How to be an Ally to Indigenous Peoples

The year 2013 marked the 400th Anniversary of the Two Row Wampum Treaty between the Dutch and the Haudenosaunee (Iroquois). This treaty was a model for all Indigenous/Euro treaties that followed.

The Gustoweh
The distinctive feature of the men's Haudenosaunee dress is their headgear. The Gustoweh is a fitted hat made of strips of wood. The wood is then covered and adorned with eagle, hawk, pheasant, or turkey feathers. The Gustoweh is also used to identify an individual's nation. A man wearing his Gustoweh with one feather
pointing upward and another pointing downwards, indicates he is Onondaga. A man who has one feather pointing skyward is identified as Seneca. Each nation has their own way of identifying each other by their Gustoweh.

Art: Onondaga Gustoweh Josephine M. Cook, Onondaga, ©2013, watercolor & acrylic
Text & sponsor: Two Row Wampum Renewal Campaign


Care for the Earth

Give thanks frequently

Respect and support Indigenous sovereignty

Learn about treaties

Remember that treaties are the Supreme Law of the United States (article 6, US Constitution)

Demand that our nation honour its treaty commitments

Consider future generations in all your actions

Question and resist stereotypes including team names and mascots

Learn about and reject the "Doctrine of Discovery"

Reach out to your Indigenous neighbours

Slow down and listen more than you talk

Notice where you are

Live with gratitude

Live lightly on the earth

Work to end global warming

Support renewable energy

Stop hydrofracking, dirty coal and uranium mining

Don't co-op Native cultures or ceremonies

Return sacred objects

Celebrate Indigenous Peoples' Day every October 12

Learn about the people indigenous to wherever you are

Read Native authors * Support Native craftspeople, businesses and events

Remember that all beings (animals and plants) are your relatives not your resources

Appreciate the diversity of nations, cultures, and people

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