Haudenosaunee Thanksgiving Address Greetings to the Natural World (pdf) ➶

Found while reading Robin Wall Kimmerer’s beautiful book, Braiding Sweetgrass, that I can recommend to anyone with even a passing interest in the natural world that gave birth to us all.

In Robin’s translation, the sentence under The Thunderers “We are thankful that they keep those evil things made by Okwiseres underground” is omitted, perhaps as a nod against fear (pp.112–113):

Now we turn to the west where our grandfathers the Thunder Beings live. With lightning and thundering voices they bring with them the water that renews life. We bring our minds together as one to send greetings and thanks to our Grandfathers, the Thunderers.

Suggested video game to play while reading Braiding Sweetgrass: Valheim, preferably with friends.

Here are other complementary books and video game pairings.

✶ Thursday, 9 November 2023

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