Giving Thanks: A Native American Good Morning Message
Chief Jake Swamp
(Scholastic/Reading Rainbow, Aug. 16, 1995)
The words in this book are based on the Thanksgiving Address, an ancient message of peace and appreciation of Mother Earth and all her inhabitants. These words of thanks come to us from the Native people known as the "Haudenosaunee," also known as the "Iroquois" or Six Nations - Mohawk, Oneida, Cayuga, Onondaga, Seneca, and Tuscarora. The people of the Six Nations are from upstate New York and Canada. These words are still spoken at ceremonial and governmental gatherings held by the Six Nations. Children, too, are taught to greet the world each morning by saying thank you to all living things. They learn that according to Native American tradition, people everywhere are embraced as family.