MOHAWKS OF THE BAY OF QUINTE

KENHTEKE KANYEN’KEHÁ:KA

Kenhteke nene kanyen’kehá:ka kanakerahserà:kon, nène rontathà:wi ne kanekarahsera. Tsi niyonkwarihò:tens tahnon niyakwawennò:ten nahò:ten yonkwateryèn:tare ne tsi nitsyonkwè:non. Yakwatstha nahò:ten ne yonkwateryèn:tare tahnon nahò:ten yonkwaterihwayèn:ni ne ayakwaten’nikòn:raren tahnon ayakhikwennyenste ne onkyonkwè:ta, onkyonhwentsya nahoténhshon yonkwà:yen tahnon ne sa’oyè:ra.

Tyendinaga, as part of the Mohawk Nation, is a healthy, sustainable Kanyen’kehá:ka community, built on and united by our language, culture, traditions, knowledge, and history. We exercise our rights and responsibilities for the protection of and respect for our people, our land, our resources, and the environment.

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Cannabis and Our Community

Cannabis and Our CommunityApril 16, 2019Shé:kon, as your all aware the subject of marijuana control has and will be a topic of discussion within the community for the foreseeable future. As this could generate a great deal of information, we have established this page...

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West Nile Virus Information

WEST NILE VIRUS is spread through the bite of a mosquito. Anyone
can get sick from the West Nile Virus, but the risk of serious illness increases with age.
Symptoms can include; headaches, fever, sore neck, vomiting, muscle weakness and
blurred vision.

Invasive Species – Tench

Invasive Species – Tench

In November 2018 reports have been made of this species in the Bay of Quinte near Belleville. Tench are an invasive fish native to Europe and western Asia

Boil Water Reminder

Boil Water Reminder

As a reminder, in February 2008 Health Canada recommended the Tyendinaga Mohawk Council place a precautionary boil water advisory on all the ground water fed wells in the Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory.

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Ohén:ton Karihwatéhkwen

In oral tradition, the Rotinonhsyón:ni  “open” gatherings of people with the Ohén:ton Karihwatéhkwen, commonly referred to as the “Opening Address” or the “Thanksgiving Address”. A more literal translation, in the words of Elder Tom Porter is “what we say before we do anything important”. This ceremony acknowledges and recognizes the importance and relationship of all life forces in Creation. The purpose is to bring the minds of everyone at the gathering together as one. Below is a short version of the Ohén:ton Karihwatéhkwen; there are many written versions, all reflecting the same purpose. In oral tradition, as the Speaker is speaking in the moment and from his heart, rarely will the exact wording be used each time it is conducted. 

Ohèn:ton Karihwatéhkwen
 In oral tradition, the Rotinonhsyón:ni  “open” gatherings of people with the Ohén:ton Karihwatéhkwen, commonly referred to as the “Opening Address” or the “Thanksgiving Address”. A more literal translation, in the words of Elder Tom Porter is “what we say before we do anything important”. This ceremony acknowledges and recognizes the importance and relationship of all life forces in Creation. The purpose is to bring the minds of everyone at the gathering together as one. Below is a short version of the Ohén:ton Karihwatéhkwen; there are many written versions, all reflecting the same purpose. In oral tradition, as the Speaker is speaking in the moment and from his heart, rarely will the exact wording be used each time it is conducted.

 Kentsyohkwa, sewatahonhsiyohst ken’ nikariwehsa.
Everyone (the group) listen well for a short time. 

Ne kati tentshitewanonhwera:ton ne Shonkwaya’tishon ne wahi rohsa’anyon tsi naho:ten teyo’tawenrye ne kentho tsi ohwentsya:te. 
I will give thanks to the Creator for the things that go about on the earth.

Akwe:kon enhska entitewawenon:ni ne onkwa’nikonhra táhnon teyethinonhwera:tons ne onkwe’shon:’a.  Etho niyohtonha’k ne onkwa’nikonhra.
We will make our minds one and give thanks to the people.  Now our minds are one.

Akwe:kon enhska entitewawenon:ni ne onkwa’nikonhra táhnon teyethinonhwera:tons ne yethinihstenha tsi ohwentsya:te.Etho niyohtonha’k ne onkwa’nikonhra.
We will make our minds one and give thanks to our mother the earth.  Now our minds are one.

 Akwe:kon enhska’t entitewawenon:ni ne onkwa’nikonhra táhnon teyethinonhwera:tons ne ohneka’shon:’a.  Etho niyohtonha’k ne onkwa’nikonhra.
We will make our minds one and give thanks to the waters.  Now our minds are one.

Akwe:kon enhska’t entitewawenon:ni ne onkwa’nikonhra táhnon teyethinonhwera:tons ne kentsyon’kshon:’a.  Etho niyohtonha’k ne onkwa’nikonhra.
We will make our minds one and give thanks to the fish.  Now our minds are one.

Akwe:kon enhska’t entitewawenon:ni ne onkwa’nikonhra táhnon teyethinonhwera:tons ne ohtera’shon:’a.    Etho niyohtonha’k ne onkwa’nikonhra.
We will make our minds one and give thanks for the roots.  Now our minds are one. 

Akwe:kon enhska’t entitewawenon:ni ne onkwa’nikonhra táhnon teyethinonhwera:tons ne ohente’shon:’a.  Etho niyohtonha’k ne onkwa’nikonhra.
We will make our minds one and give thanks for the grasses.  Now our minds are one.

Akwe:kon enhska’t entitewawenon:ni ne onkwa’nikonhra táhnon teyethinonhwera:tons ne ononhkwa’shon:’a. Etho niyohtonha’k ne onkwa’nikonhra.
We  will make our minds one and give thanks to the medicines.  Now our minds are one. 

Akwe:kon enhska’t entitewawenon:ni ne onkwa’nikonhra táhnon teyethinonhwera:tons ne otsinonwa’shon:’a.  Etho niyohtonha’k ne onkwa’nikonhra.
We will make our minds one and give thanks to the bugs.  Now our minds are one. 

Akwe:kon enhska’t entitewawenon:ni ne onkwa’nikonhra táhnon teyethinonhwera:tons ne tyonnhehkwen.  Etho niyohtonha’k ne onkwa’nikonhra.
We will make our minds one and give thanks to the sustenance foods.  Now our minds are one. 

Akwe:kon enhska’t entitewawenon:ni ne onkwa’nikonhra táhnon teyethinonhwera:tons ne kahi’kshon:’a.  Etho niyohtonha’k ne onkwa’nikonhra.
We will make our minds one and give thanks for the fruit.  Now our minds are one. 

Akwe:kon enhska’t entitewawenon:ni ne onkwa’nikonhra táhnon teyethinonhwera:tons ne kontirio.  Etho niyohtonha’k ne onkwa’nikonhra.
We will make our minds one and give thanks for the animals.  Now our minds are one. 

Akwe:kon enhska’t entitewawenon:ni ne onkwa’nikonhra táhnon teyethinonhwera:tons ne karonta’shon:’a.  Etho niyohtonha’k ne onkwa’nikonhra.
We will make our minds one and give thanks for the trees.  Now our minds are one. 

Akwe:kon enhska’t entitewawenon:ni ne onkwa’nikonhra táhnon teyethinonhwera:tons ne otsi’ten’okon:’a.    Etho niyohtonha’k ne onkwa’nikonhra.
We will make our minds one and give thanks for the birds.  Now our minds are one. 

Akwe:kon enhska’t entitewawenon:ni ne onkwa’nikonhra táhnon teyethinonhwera:tons ne kaye:ri nikawera:ke.  Etho niyohtonha’k ne onkwa’nikonhra.
We will make our minds one and give thanks for the four winds.  Now our minds are one. 

Akwe:kon enhska’t entitewawenon:ni ne onkwa’nikonhra táhnon tetshitewanonhera:tons ne etshitewa’tsi:’a entyekhenhnekha karahkwa.  Etho niyohtonha’k ne onkwa’nikonhra.
We will make our minds one and give thanks for our elder brother the sun.  Now our minds are one. 

Akwe:kon enhska’t entitewawenon:ni ne onkwa’nikonhra táhnon teyethinonhwera:tons ne yethihsotha ahsonthennekha karahkwa.  Etho niyohtonha’k ne onkwa’nikonhra.
We will make our minds one and give thanks for our grandmother moon.  Now our minds are one. 

Akwe:kon enhska’t entitewawenon:ni ne onkwa’nikonhra táhnon teyethinonhwera:tons ne ostistohkaronnyon.  Etho niyohtonha’k ne onkwa’nikonhra.
We will make our minds one and give thanks for the stars.  Now our minds are one. 

Akwe:kon enhska’t entitewawenon:ni ne onkwa’nikonhra táhnon tetshitewanonhwera:tons ne Shonkwaya’tishon tsi niyoyaneres nahoten’shon:’a rosa’anyon ne sken:nen aetewatonnyonhseke.  Etho niyohtonha’k ne onkwa’nikonhra.
We will make our minds one and give thanks for our Creator for the good things we will continue to think peacefully about. 

O:nen tho niyore wa’katerihwatkwenni, tokat othe:nen shonke’nikonhrhen, i:se ki’ ne’e yensewasonteren.  Ta’ etho. 

Now I have done all I can do, if there is anything I have forgotten, it’s up to you to fix it.  That is all.

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