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MNN. May 27, 2014. When the men are ready for battle with an enemy that refuses to accept the Great Peace which is the law of the land, they shall choose one of the War Chiefs to lead them into battle.
He shall gather the men [tehonteriioseras] and sing the War Song:
Now I am surprised and there I shall use it. The power of my War Song. I am of the Five Nations and I shall make an appeal to Creation. Creation has furnished this army. My Warriors shall be mighty in the strength of Creation. Between Creation and my Song they are, for from her came the Song. This War Song that I sing. Wampum 81.
In the war expedition, they shall sing the War Song as they approach the enemy. They shall not cease until they are near the enemy lines. Wampum 82.
After a request for peace is made three times, and peace is not accepted, the War Chief shall drop a bunch of black shells and then quickly club the offending chief[s] to death. War shall be declared. War must continue until the Iroquois win.
When an enemy is defeated because it refuses to accept the Great Peace, all their rights, property and territory comes under the trusteeship of the Iroquois.
After the battle all weapons of war are taken from the enemy. The enemy shall observe all the rules of the law of the land, Kaianerekowa, for all time to come. Wampum 84.
All wars must cease, if necessary by wars! The Kanionkehaka fight until the war is won!
The Wyandot [Huron] did not want to follow the Great Peace anymore. They chose war and allied with France. The last time the Mohawks dropped the black wampum was in 1645 on the errant Wyandot chiefs. They refused to grab the black wampum before it hit the ground. Iroquois invaded Ontario with 10,000 warriors. The Huron were in their own homeland with 30,000 warriors. By 1649 they were done. Mohawk defeated them in everyone of their communities in Ontario. They were driven out of Ontario in the east to Quebec and in the west to Wisconsin where they still reside to this day. We continued to fight the French until they sued for peace. The Great Peace of Montreal happened on June 25, 1701. The French never beat the Iroquois in any battle in the whole 92 year war.
After a war, the enemies shall become friends. Peace shall be restored. Wampum 87.
The Great Peace shall be carried out in a mutual council of men and women. The Women appoint the Warriors, declare war, negotiate peace and mediate disputes.
Ozzie describes the horror of war if the black wampum is not grabbed before it hits the ground: “In the fields, the bodies burning. As the war machine keeps turning. Death and hatred to mankind, poisoning their brainwashed minds.” War Pigs.
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how do you know there was no defeat in the 92 yr period? Here are some articles that speak to the contrary :
kanyenkehaka pyrrhic victory and french strategic victory
we won this battle in the end, but it didnt matter the enemy escaped and the damage is done
i enjoy the process and reasoning for going to war in the article. but it would seem illogical that our nation (or any nation for that matter) would pursue a war to its end at such high costs (“All wars must cease, if necessary by wars! The Kanionkehaka fight until the war is won!”). there is little indication of that through history. Although there was much war and we were no doubt good at it, there was also way more diplomatic actions, trade and treaty negotiations than warfare. there is a reason we are referred to as great statesmen and diplomats because in the wake of both battlefield wins and losses the confederacy and kanyenkehaka would still end up with greater influence, trade and so on. how? by being shrewd and cunning diplomats. and that i think is how our nation survives until this day even though our final military defeat during the sullivan expedition forced us out of our homelands. Thoughts?