Today millions of households in the United States celebrate the Thanksgiving day after a colonial-setller mythology that has been institutionalized for about two centuries. Native Americans do not share this mythology as they have a long tradition of their own thanksgiving practices. What follows is the thanksgiving prayer of the Haudenosaunee People (The Iroquois Nation) with ancient roots dating back to when the Great Law of Peace was brought to the people by the Peace Maker, Dekanawidah (“Two River-Currents Flowing Together”), the Iroquois prophet, statesman, and lawgiver. Today variations of these words are still spoken at all times of the year at the opening and closing of ceremonial and governmental meetings held by the Haudenosaunee.
It is worthwhile to consider this paryer as the cultural and spritual context of the ongoing resistance of the Standing Rock Water Protectors’ resistance spearheaded by the Sioux Nation to the $3.7 billion North Dakota Access Pipeline being build by Energy Transfer Partners L. P. for profits backed by the local, state and federal governments in total disregard for the danger it poses not only to the Standing Rock Sioux Nation but also to all life on the planet. It is even more important to realize how our relationship with Mother Earth and life itself has changed under the anthropocentric capitalist system that a great majority of the American people and even many in the climate justice movement itself consider as sacrosanct.