Indigenous collections at the Library

Posted on Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Photograph by Greg Staats, Kanien'kehá:ka (Mohawk), (born in Ohsweken, Six Nations of the Grand River Territory 1991.

Jacob Ezra Thomas, Hatahts`ikr<htha` 'he makes the clouds descend', Faith-keeper and Condoled Titleholder (Teyohowe•tho.?) of the Cayuga Nation, Six Nations of the Grand River Territory, is shown here holding a Two Row Wampum Belt, which symbolizes the relationship of the Haudenosaunee Confederacy with the European Settlers (Raseron:ni).” The Two Row Wampum belt also known as Kaswhentha and as the Tawagonshi Agreement of 1613, is an agreement of mutual friendship, peace and good minds, as represented by the 3 rows of codified white wampum flowing between the 2 separate vessels (purple rows) upon the same river, each path with its respective laws and beliefs. This evolved from an earlier translation; a meeting, with arms in friendship, at the confluence of the Mohawk and Hudson Rivers. The vessels were attached to a tree (Oneida) by a rope, which then becamean iron chain tied to a rock (Mohawk), and eventually a silver chain (known as the Covenant Chain) wrapped around a mountain (Onondaga); as the message traveled throughout the traditional territories of the five Haudenosaunee nations.

“as long as the grass grows, the rivers flow and the sun shines… it
shall be binding forever as long as the Earth is still in motion.”

Greg Staats

These library exhibits contribute to the university’s initiative to increase visibility and awareness of Indigenous culture on campus.

We invite you to discover our Indigenous Collections and Indigenous exhibits, to reflect upon what Reconciliation means to you and to record your comments on the exhibit panels of the Truth and Reconciliation exhibit at the entrance to Morisset Library.

Ways of Knowing: Indigenous Collections at the University of Ottawa Library

Visit our exhibits at:

Truth and Reconciliation
What does Reconciliation mean to you?

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