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Tom Huff
When I give talks, or do stone carving workshops, Iíll ask people if they know of the Onondaga. Iím usually surprised at how many people donít know, or donít care.

Or theyíll be like: ďYeah, I know there are Indians over there, but I donít know what kind.Ē They donít know that Onondaga is the capital of the Iroquois Confederacy, or that Iroquois government influenced American governmentóthat we gave root to American democracy. And this surprises me, because New York is full of Iroquois, from Lake Erie, through the St. Laurence Seaway, all the way to Albany. People arenít taught that, but they should be.

To understand who we are would eliminate stereotypes. The outside world would gain an understanding. And that would be better for all of us.

Through the southern hills
Ancient American roots
and nobody knows

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