THE IROQUOIS GREAT LAW OF PEACE

In the early 1980’s I got a copy of the Iroquois “Great Law of Peace” through an inter-library loan. It was not easy for the librarian to find and obtain. The photocopy was rough.

The Great Law of Peace was recognized by Benjamin Franklin and other founding fathers of the United States. They saw the Federation of the Iroquois Nations and wanted to gain strength to defend themselves from the oppression of the British. It is a shame that it is not taught in our schools that Ancient American people passed principles to the Native Americans which helped freedom to grown in this land. The historical connection in most educational curriculum is lost. Here is a little of the restored information:

This excerpt is from the book “The Iroquois Book of the Great Law” by Arthur C. Parker
published in 1916.

According to tradition, Dekanawida, born of a virgin mother came and established the Great Peace among warring tribes. He also gave them a constitution, providing for a system of government which is remarkable as perhaps the earliest constitution providing for checks and balances of power among various groups. The name of the place mentioned as the birthplace of Dekanahwideh was called Kah-ha-nah-yenh. … The mother dreamed that she saw a man whom she did not know, and then he said that he appeared as a messenger to her.

“I am here to deliver to you a message. I will tell you what has happened. It is the wish of the Creator that she should bear a child, when you will see the male child you shall call him Dekanahwideh. The reason you shall give him that name is because this child will reveal to men beings the Good Tidings of Peace and Power from Heaven, and the Great Peace shall rule and govern on earth. …The messenger answered and said: “His mission is for peace and life to the people both on earth and in heaven.”

The child grew up rapidly, and when he had become a young man he said: “The time has come when I should begin to perform my duty in this world. .. “I am Dekanahwideh, so named because my virgin mother dreamed that it should be so and no one else shall ever be named by this name.” “What brought you here to us,” asked the speaker. So then Dekanahwideh answered, “The Great Creator from whom we all are descended sent me to establish the Great Peace among you. No longer shall you kill one another and nations shall cease warring upon each other. Such things are entirely evil and he, your Maker, forbids it. Peace and comfort are better than war and misery for a nation’s welfare.” (Parker 1916, p.15)

(Dekanahwideh comes to the lodge of Adodarhoh)
When he [Dekanahwideh] finished his song he walked toward Adodarhoh and held out his hand to rub it on his body and to know its inherent strength and life. Then Adodarhoh was made straight and his mind became healthy. When Adodarhoh was made strong in rightful powers and his body had been healed, Dekanahwideh addressed the three nations. He said, “We have now overcome a great obstacle. It has long stood in the way of peace. The mind of dordarhoh is now made right and his crooked parts are made straight. Now indeed may we establish the Great Peace.”

“Before we do firmly establish our union each nation must appoint a certain number of its wisest and purest men who shall be rulers. They shall be the advisers of the people and make the new rules that may be needful. These men shall be selected and confirmed. Then calling each chief to him he said: “I now place antlers on your head as an emblem of your power. Your old garments are torn off and better robes are given. You must be patient and henceforth work in unity. Never consider your own interests but work to benefit the people and for generations not yet born. You have pledged yourselves to govern yourself by the laws of the great peace. All your authority shall come from it.”

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One Response to “THE IROQUOIS GREAT LAW OF PEACE”

  • LaMar Culmer says:

    I enjoyed this website very much. The more I learn about the Book of Mormon the more I love it.
    I first read it when I was 18 almost 19. I had been a very rebellious youth and a heart brake for my parents. My best and repentant friend told me about his experiences reading the Book of Mormon and challenged me to read it too. I very halfheartedly agreed, but I was pretty sure that I would look at it then put it away and not keep my promise. That’s the kind of guy I was. Three days later he was killed in a car accident. I was deeply saddened, but now I resolved myself to keep my promise, and read the Book of Mormon.
    It took me a little over 3 months to read it because I crossed referenced it with the Bible. At the end I followed Moroni’s advice Moroni 10:4,5 —

    4 And when ye shall receive these things, I would exhort you that ye would ask God, the Eternal Father, in the name of Christ, if these things are not true; and if ye shall ask with a sincere heart, with real intent, having faith in Christ, he will manifest the truth of it unto you, by the power of the Holy Ghost.

    5 And by the power of the Holy Ghost ye may know the truth of all things. To ask God if it is true.

    I also read D&C 8:2
    2 Yea, behold, I will tell you in your mind and in your heart, by the Holy Ghost, which shall come upon you and which shall dwell in your heart.

    This was good, but could I still make a mistake in recognizing the Holy Ghost? The next verse I really liked:

    D&C 9:8 But, behold, I say unto you, that you must study it out in your mind; then you must ask me if it be right, and if it is right I will cause that your bosom shall burn within you; therefore, you shall feel that it is right.

    After reading these scriptures I knelt down at my bed.

    I prayed longer than I ever have in my life, but there was no answer. I began to plead with my Heavenly Father for a confirmation of my belief in the Book of Mormon. My family upstairs turned off the T.V. and had gone to bed by now and the furnace was turned down, and the house became cold, but I continued to pray — for how long I really didn’t know. My sins kept coming to mind. More and more I thought of my sinful past. I stopped and waited for the Lord, but nothing happened, and I was very cold kneeling by my bed by this time. Was I being impatient? Probably I was. So, I should leave it up the Lord. At last I decided to end my prayer and I told the Lord I thought He could answer my prayer, but I was also sure that I had not repented long enough. I told the Lord that I would continue to try harder to keep all His commandments, and maybe this gift I was seeking I would finally have one day. I would try to be patient.
    I was then about to end my prayer by saying “In the name of Jesus Christ, —” I was about to say the word “amen”, when suddenly I felt very strongly that I wasn’t alone — that someone else was in my room with me. I waited. Then something whispered to me in my mind and my heart, it was more audible than if I heard it with my ears. “Ask one more time.” It was unmistakable. I paused for a long moment, then I asked the Lord again “Is the Book of Mormon true, is it the word of God?” And when I asked that question, my bosom began to burn within me. I even felt heat coming from my bosom on my folded arms and hands in front of me, and I was filled with the most amazing and indescribable joy I have ever felt in my life. I felt it from my head to toes. It was unmistakable. The Spirit of the Holy Ghost filled me with incredible joy beyond my ability to contain it. My joy was overflowing and I felt purged of my sins. I felt cleaner than I had ever felt in my life. Then, after awhile, the burning subsided, but that sweet spirit remained. I then asked several other questions that were answered in the same manner– with a burning in my bosom. After it was over I felt more awake than ever in my life. The warmth and the glow of that experience remained with me. I thought this might be what it felt like to be in the presence of the Lord. It was magnificent beyond any mortal words that I could speak. I wanted to share this joy with the world.
    That was 52 years ago this month. I think about that singular experience every day. I have read the Book of Mormon so many times I can’t count them. I also love the Bible so very very much more because of the Book of Mormon. I thank my Heavenly Father and the Savior for their love and the restoration of the gospel of Christ.

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