An Iroquois Message

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Tom ‘Sakokwenionkwas’ Porter is a Native American community builder, spokesperson and spiritual leader who will be touring through Europe with an Iroquois Message of Peace. In his lecture he will share with us the concept of ‘The Seven Generations’ which speaks about responsibility, sustainability and ecology trough an indigenous perspective. During this evening we will learn about the importance of both maintaining indigenous knowledge, culture, and spirituality as well as what we can learn from it in Europe. Join us for an inspiring conversation with Tom ‘Sakokwenionkwas’ Porter, Serv Wiemers from the NANAI foundation and local diaspora with indigenous roots.

In this program:

  • Tom Sakokwenionkwas Porter: Spokesperson and spiritual leader of the Mohawk Community.
  • Sherlien Sanches: Earth Charter Nederland & A touch of Spirit
  • Serv Wiemers: Auteur ‘Veerkracht, Indianen van nu over de wereld van morgen’
  • Antoin Deul: Directeur Spring House, initiatiefnemer Nature’s Narrative en mede-oprichter Black Renaissance Collectief.

Moderated by: Céline Kun

About Tom Sakokwenionkwas Porter 
Spokesperson and spiritual leader of the Mohawk Community. Tom ‘Sakokwenionkwas’ Porter has been a nationally recognized figure in Indian Country since the 1960’s when he co-founded the ‘White Roots of Peace’, a travelling university of Indigenous Elders who toured North America with traditional teachings and encouraging Indians to embrace their respective Native traditions. Recognizing that Mohawk language and culture were dying out, he also co-founded the Akwesasne Freedom School. Tom is recognized nationally as a compassionate, humerous and inspirational speaker. As an educator, Tom has taught at the Akwesasne Freedom School and Trent University and has worked as a cultural researcher and consultant for the North American Indian Traveling College.

For 21 years he has been one of the nine chiefs of the Longhouse Council of Akwesasne, the traditional government that follows the ‘Great Law of Peace’, the confederacy’s constitution which was in existence for centuries long before Europeans came to North America. Members of the confederacy are the Mohawk, Oneida, Cayuga, Onondaga, Seneca and Tuscarora. The Six Nations of the Iroquois call themselves Haudenosaunee – People of the Longhouse. Their matrilinear clan system and their constitution has influenced the early feminist movement as well as great thinkers like Henry L. Morgan, Friedrich Engels and Benjamin Franklin. Sakokwenionkwas is the author of many books, among them “Our Ways” and “And Grandma said”. He has received numerous human rights and education awards and holds three honorary doctor degrees.

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