On Saturday, March 10 from 1 to 5 p.m., the National Museum of the American Indian (NMAI) will host the special program “Protocols of Peace: Native Condolence and the Good Mind,” featuring historians and culture-based scholars from throughout the Six Nations Iroquois Confederacy.
Activists and authors Richard Hill (Tuscarora) and Peter Jemison (Seneca) will join historian Dr. Susan Kalter (Mohawk) to discuss historical and cultural themes from Haudenosaunee tradition.
A breakout session during the event, “Native Women’s Empowerment: A Mohawk Reflection,” will feature three distinguished culture- and duty-bearers: traditional Clan Mother Louise McDonald, community health leader Beverly Cook, and restorative justice advocate Mary Ann Spencer.
The women will address contemporary empowerment movements among Haudenosaunee communities and kinship circles, including the Haudenosaunee Condolence Ceremony and the philosophy of “The Good Mind,” which is the foundation of the Haudenosaunee Great Law of Peace.
“We have all of these residual effects from the impact of colonization in our communities, and the youth are dealing with those effects,” explains Spencer. “That’s why we include the whole community in ‘righting the wrong,’ in restoring an individual.”
“Protocols of Peace: A Day of Discussion” will take place in the NMAI’s George Gustav Heye Center. The NMAI is located at One Bowling Green across from Battery Park in New York City. “Protocols of Peace” is a free event and open to the public.