Ray Cook: Haudenosaunee viewpoint on Occupy Wall Street

"The children of the West (Americans) are fighting amongst themselves (again) over distribution of a wealth that does not belong to them, a wealth derived from Indigenous lands. The opportunity to redefine wealth based on a more realistic view of the earth and an understanding of man’s place may be now.

There is a very old Iroquois prophecy called the The Two-Headed Serpent.

Stuart Myiow of the Mohawk Traditional Council of Kahnawakeh told this prophecy, as did our ancestors. He’d say, “This is the Two-Headed Serpent Prophecy. We must remember this prophecy was told to the Five Nations of the Iroquois Confederacy before the coming of the white man with his church and state [and the dispossession of the authority of women], so any rational person should contemplate what the next state of the prophecy is.”

“One day, a boy found a two-headed serpent whose skin had beautiful gold and silver stripes down its back; it was unable to care for itself; it was dying. This was because one head wanted to go left while the other wanted to go right.

The young boy brought the serpent to his village. The elders were very cautious of it but everyone loved its beautiful colors. The young ones said, “It’s so poor. How will it survive? Surely it will die with the coming of winter.” The elders said, “If you want to keep it, you will have to feed it!”"

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Ray Cook: A Haudenosaunee Observation of Occupy Wall Street (Indian Country Today 11/7)

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