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Honoring the Haudenosaunee

Ögwe ö:weh Consciousness as Peace

March 21, 2014

The American Indian Program in collaboration with Cornell Plantations are pleased to present, Ögwe ö:weh Consciousness as Peace, a symposium and exhibition on March 21, 2014 at 3:00 pm. Expert in Haudenosaunee history and culture, Mohawk elder, Tom Porter (Sakokwenionkwas “The One Who Wins”) will be in dialogue with faculty in Cornell’s American Indian Program from the Departments of Anthropology, History of Art, Horticulture and Indigenous Studies.

Tom Porter
Mohawk elder, Tom Porter speaking at the symposium.
Ganradaisgowah-Peace Tree
“Ganradaisgowah-Peace Tree” (2005-07) by Samuel Thomas (Close up detail)

The symposium and exhibition focuses on Haudenosaunee symbolism of “The Tree of Peace,” also known as the white pine or Pinus Strobus, one of the oldest trees in North America while also providing a glimpse into place-shaped matrices of indigenous science through observational pedagogy.

The exhibition will display a beaded tree titled, “Ganradaisgowah-Peace Tree” (2005-07) by renowned Cayuga artist, Samuel Thomas and a replica of the “Dust or The Ever-growing Tree” wampum, each the embodiment of Haudenosaunee philosophy as “The Tree of Peace.”

According to Haudenosaunee philosophy, peace is not the mere absence of war but calls for justice and a conscious society through action and reason. The enactment of this message will culminate in the planting of a white pine or “The Tree of Peace,” on July 12, 2014 at the Cornell Plantations.

This site is also Cornell University’s botanical garden, arboretum and natural area, as well as, a member of Ithaca’s Discovery Trail partnership. Plantations welcome the public to view the garden and the exhibits year round, free of charge, during daylight hours.

This exhibition, Ögwe ö:weh Consciousness as Peace, is open for viewing from March 21 through July 2014. For more information about the exhibition and symposium, please contact the American Indian Program at 607-255-6587. For more information about the Plantations, call 607-255-2400, or visit their website at,