Magnet - Deep Roots of Democracy | Syracuse Cultural Workers

Magnet - Deep Roots of Democracy

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The Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) Confederacy provided inspiration and guidance to colonial leaders as they imagined and created a nation. The U.S. borrowed some ideas and symbols, but left out women, participatory democracy and true equality for all. The Hiawatha Wampum Belt symbolizes the peaceful unification of five formerly-warring nations – the Seneca, Cayuga, Onondaga, Oneida and Mohawk - into the Haudenosaunee Confederacy over a thousand years ago.

In 1988, Congress passed H.Con.Res. 331 (100th), a concurrent resolution to acknowledge the contribution of the Iroquois Confederacy of Nations to the development of the United States Constitution. In 2010 the US mint produced a $1 coin highlighting this same history. Unfortunately, few schools at any level include this important aspect of United States history. 

Also available as a postcard, T-shirt and bag.


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