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The Woman Who Married an Owl - Collected by J.N.B. Hewitt

One day a Skarure family went hunting. The father and mother took their son and daughter with them as they headed out from their home on a long hunting trip. The first they had to make was a hunting lodge of wood poles that they covered with large sheets of bark. In the front, they made an enclosed entrance. The father was a good hunter and it was not long before the front entrance was full of deer and bear meat that was dried and cured.
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THE GREAT SPIRIT OVERPOWERS THE COLD AND FROST OF WINTER, STONE COATS

IN the old time when men got lost while hunting it was supposed the Winter God (Stone Coat) ate them up. Once three Senecas started off on the war-path, going toward the West. At night they camped in a deep ravine at the head of a stream. When they had made a fire, a fine looking man came and said to them, "I think it is right to do what I am going to do. I have come to tell you that there are many people, man-eaters, on the war-path. To-night they will make their camp in sight of yours. One of you must go to their fire and say, "Hallo! I've found your fire. Where are you going?" "They will answer, 'We are on the war-path.'
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THE FORBIDDEN ARROW AND THE QUILT OF MEN'S EYES

Related by Edward Cornplanter (Great Night) and recorded as translated by William Bluesky, Ganosho. Now (it seems), there were twin brothers one named Younger and the other Driven. The brothers were accustomed to play about two hills. Driven would go up one hill and jump to the summit of the other. Younger would stay in the valley between and amuse himself by shooting arrows at him as he jumped. Now, as Driven jumped, Younger sang a song: "Ha-do-wi, Ha-do-wi, Ha-do-wi, O-ne-di-no-o-ha-ga-gon Ha-do-wi!" Now their grandmother always forbade them to use a certain arrow. This arrow belonged to their father who used it. They played day after day in this manner. After some time, they began to discuss among themselves why it was that their grandmother had forbidden them to use the arrow. Then they decided, notwithstanding, to use the arrow.
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THE FORBIDDEN ARROW AND THE QUILT OF MEN'S EYES

THE FORBIDDEN ARROW AND THE QUILT OF MEN'S EYES. Related by Edward Cornplanter (Great Night) and recorded as translated by William Bluesky, Ganosho. Now (it seems), there were twin brothers one named Younger and the other Driven. The brothers were accustomed to play about two hills. Driven would go up one hill and jump to the summit of the other. Younger would stay in the valley between and amuse himself by shooting arrows at him as he jumped. Now, as Driven jumped, Younger sang a song: "Ha-do-wi, Ha-do-wi, Ha-do-wi, O-ne-di-no-o-ha-ga-gon Ha-do-wi!" Now their grandmother always forbade them to use a certain arrow. This arrow belonged to their father who used it. They played day after day in this manner. After some time, they began to discuss among themselves why it was that their grandmother had forbidden them to use the arrow. Then they decided, notwithstanding, to use the arrow.
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An Honoring: A Chief for the People Corbett Sundown of the Senecas

Twice every year the skies darken over Seneca land at Tonawanda, as upwards of 50,000 Canada geese and thousands of ducks including mallards, blacks, ring-necks and others make their seasonal migratory flights. They find rest and protection in the bordering Iroquois National Wildlife Refuge and the Tonawanda and Oak Orchard Wildlife Management Areas. They spill onto the surrounding communities as well. To those who know the motions and patterns of life during the spring and fall cycles here,  midwinter is quite a contrast. The marsh waters that once moved gently with the wind, are now silent clearings frozen hard...
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Pages from APS - PWallace Papers - Six Nations Journal 1955

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Origin of Seneca Clans and Phratries.

Goldenweiser 1 Origin of Seneca Clans and Phratries. Before the whites came there were along the Alleghany River several dangerous places. A lake. A young man once saw two men come out from the river. One had a paddle, the other a bow and arrow.The one with the bow and arrow said the young man, "We are here to see you." "Where do you come from?" We are sent down here to see about the dangerous places. There are so many lives lost there now... To read more click here:
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A Battle Between Frost and Whirlwind - Told by Peter White

A Battle Between Frost and Whirlwind - Told by Peter White DAGWANOEnYENT (Whirlwind), an old woman, the oldest of all her people, lived in the forest with her two grandchildren, a boy and a girl. One day when the grandmother was out digging roots a GÉNOnSKWA (Frost and Great Cold) woman came to the cabin, picked up the little girl and, after speaking kindly, telling her she was a nice little thing, swallowed her. Then she began to talk to the boy. Sitting down by him, she said, "Get on to my back and I will carry you to where your grandmother is digging roots." The boy did as GÉNOnSKWA told him to, but he was frightened, and he clung to her so tightly that he became fastened to her back, and couldn't get off, though he tried hard. Click below to continue reading.
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Summer Kills Autumn and is Herself Killed by Winter - Told by John Armstrong

THERE was a man called DOnWEnWA. This man wouldn't let anyone come into his house. He had two nephews old enough to hunt small game: birds, squirrels and coons. The boys lived in a house near their uncle's and each morning he called to them, saying, "Up, boys! Or the game will be gone." The boys jumped up and were off. One day the younger boy heard something making a noise. He listened and listened and at last found that the noise came from the ground. He ran to his brother, and said, "Come and help me dig. I hear a noise down in the ground." The brother went to the place with him and they began to dig with sharp sticks. When they got down some distance they found a hollow and in it a little child. Click the PDF below to read more!
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Conducting an Oral Interview

This month, we encourage you to tell your stories and record them for your family and generations to come. It is always fascinating to hear stories from the past especially our own stories told by our own ancestors. And with today’s technology, it is so easy to capture stories, events or how-to’s anytime and anywhere. You do not need any fancy recording equipment – most people have a cell phone or know someone who has one. The best technology to use, is the one you know how to work! Don’t forget, always get permission before recording anyone. Here are some more ideas and tips to get you started.

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