Tom 'Sakokwenionkwas' Porter is a Native American community builder, spokesperson and spiritual leader who will be touring through Europe with an Iroquois Message of Peace. In his lecture he will share with us the concept of 'The Seven Generations' which speaks about responsibility, sustainability and ecology trough an indigenous perspective. During this evening we will learn about the importance of both maintaining indigenous knowledge, culture, and spirituality as well as what we can learn from it in Europe. Join us for an inspiring conversation with Tom 'Sakokwenionkwas' Porter, Serv Wiemers from the NANAI foundation and local diaspora with indigenous roots.
About Tom Sakokwenionkwas Porter
Spokesperson and spiritual leader of the Mohawk Community. Tom ‘Sakokwenionkwas’ Porter has been a nationally recognized figure in Indian Country since the 1960’s when he co-founded the ‘White Roots of Peace’, a travelling university of Indigenous Elders who toured North America with traditional teachings and encouraging Indians to embrace their respective Native traditions. Recognizing that Mohawk language and culture were dying out, he also co-founded the Akwesasne Freedom School. Tom is recognized nationally as a compassionate, humerous and inspirational speaker. As an educator, Tom has taught at the Akwesasne Freedom School and Trent University and has worked as a cultural researcher and consultant for the North American Indian Traveling College.
For 21 years he has been one of the nine chiefs of the Longhouse Council of Akwesasne, the traditional government that follows the ‘Great Law of Peace’, the confederacy’s constitution which was in existence for centuries long before Europeans came to North America. Members of the confederacy are the Mohawk, Oneida, Cayuga, Onondaga, Seneca and Tuscarora. The Six Nations of the Iroquois call themselves Haudenosaunee - People of the Longhouse. Their matrilinear clan system and their constitution has influenced the early feminist movement as well as great thinkers like Henry L. Morgan, Friedrich Engels and Benjamin Franklin. Sakokwenionkwas is the author of many books, among them “Our Ways” and “And Grandma said”. He has received numerous human rights and education awards and holds three honorary doctor degrees.
Ze leken verdwenen, uitgeroeid: indianen, de oorspronkelijke bewoners van Amerika. En met hen hun culturen, talen en verhalen. Maar ze vertonen veerkracht en laten weer van zich horen. Ze eisen hun rechten op en hebben een boodschap die wereldwijd weerklank vindt, zeker nu in tijden van klimaatverandering: mensen zijn gelijkwaardig aan al het andere dat leeft en moeten daarom in balans leven met natuur en milieu. Het protest van de Lakota Sioux indianen van Standing Rock tegen de Dakota Access oliepijpleiding kreeg snel steun van alle andere stammen en vervolgens vanuit de hele wereld. Ook vanuit Nederland. >>