SYMBOLISM OF 2 GOVERNMENTS
In 1754 Thomas Jefferson and Ben Franklin visited the Haudenosaunee. At
these meetings, the chiefs discussed how our government works. These meetings
provided a framework for the 13 colonies to form a similar alliance to
be free. The old ones said, that the new government borrowed these symbols
because they had none of their own.
The Peacemaker symbolizes Goodness and Purity by uprooting a white
pine tree and sends its white roots in the 4 directions so people
can find peace under the long leaves. Each leaf on a tree is 5 needles,
growing together. The United States uses the olive branch with 13
leaves as their symbols for goodness and purity.
The Peacemaker has the chiefs divided into three groups, the Older
Brothers, Younger Brothers and the Fire Keepers. Each of the three
branches must be in agreement for laws to be passed. The United States
has three groups to decide on its laws, the Presidential, Legislative,
and the Judicial branches of government. Each section of government
must be in agreement for laws to be valid.
The Chiefs of the Haudenosaunee are symbolized by a white
circle wampum with 50 single strings representing each chief. The United
States first flag symbolized the union of the 13 states with 13 stars
in a circle on a field of blue.
Each chief has an equal say in the decisions for the people and the
future 7 generations. The United States has representatives who each
have 1 vote to decide on the future.
The Peacemaker set in process which the council is the
voice of the the people. The United States government is also based
in this ideal, that the government is for the people.