The Tree of Great Peace
I am Dekanawidah and with the Five Nations Confederate Lords I plant the Tree of the Great Peace. I plant it in your territory, Adodarho and the Onondaga nation, in the territory of you who are Firekeepers.
I name the tree the Tree of the Great Long Leaves. Under the shade of this Tree of the Great Peace we spread the soft white feathery down of the globe thistle as seats for you, Adodarho and your cousin Lords. We place you upon those seats, there beneath the spreading branches of the Tree of Peace. There you shall sit and watch the Council Fire of the Confederacy of the Five Nations, and all the affairs of the Five Nations shall be transacted at this place before you, Adodarho, and your cousin Lords, by the Confederate Lords of the Five Nations.
Roots have spread out from the Tree of Peace, one to the north, one to the east, one to the south and one to the west. The name of these roots is The Great White Roots and their nature is Peace and Strength.
If any man or any nation outside the Five Nations shall obey the laws of the Great Peace and make known their disposition to the Lords of the Confederacy, they may trace the Roots to the Tree and if their minds are clean and they are obedient and promise top obey the wishes of the Confederate Council, they shall be welcome to take shelter beneath the Tree of the Long Leaves.
We place at the top of the Tree of the Long Leaves an Eagle who is able to see afar. If he sees in the distance any evil approaching or any danger threatening he will at once warn the people.
I, Dekanawida, and the Union Lords now uproot the tallest pine tree and into the cavity thereby made we cast all weapons of war. Into the depths of the earth, down into the deep under-earth currents of water flowing to the unknown regions we cast all weapons of strife. We bury them from sight and we plant again the tree.
Thus shall the Great Peace, Kayenarhekowa, be established.
The Constitution of the Five Nations
by Seth Newhouse