Thursday, November 27, 2008

Happy Thanksgiving

Iroquois Prayer
anonymous

We return thanks to our mother, the earth,
which sustains us.
We return thanks to the rivers and streams,
which supply us with water.
We return thanks to all herbs, which furnish
medicines for the cures of our diseases.
We return thanks to the corn, and to her sisters,
the beans and squashes, which give us life.
We return thanks to the bushes and trees,
which provide us with fruit.
We return thanks to the wind, which,
moving the air, has banished diseases.
We return thanks to the moon and stars,
which have given us their light
when the sun was gone.
We return thanks to our grandfather He-no,
that he has protected his grandchildren from
witches and reptiles, and has given to us his rain.
We return thanks to the sun, that he has looked upon
the earth with a beneficient eye.
Lastly, we turn thanks to the Great Spirit,
in whom is embodied all goodness, and who
directs all things for the good of his children.

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