Perry Ground is a member of the Onondaga Nation. He belongs to the Turtle Clan and has spent the past 30 years as an oral storyteller. Preforming and sharing traditional Haudenosaunee stories is his passion. Listen to why telling stories is an important part of every culture.
In our final episode in our Haudenosaunee in the Civil War series we take a look at how other individuals and communities made contributions to the war effort.
We will cover Dr. Peter Wilson (Cayuga), the U.S. - Dakota War of 1862 and the Oneida Nation of Green Bay, W
In 1862, after struggling for over a year to join the war effort dozen of men from the Seneca and Tuscarora nation were finally given a chance to showcase their prowess and courage.
In 1861 a group of Seneca-Cayuga Iroquois who had relocated to Oklahoma in search of peace find themselves right in the middle of the American Civil War.
Learn about the war in the west. This episode has everything, Cherokee Confederates fighting against Free Black Soldiers and Union allied Iroquois. Maurading desperados, tears, betrayals, death, and of course many battles.
Snowsnake is one of the most popular indigenous winter sports. Not only for people in the Haudenosaunee community but for dozens of other nations and tribes as well. Learn about how this entertaining game is played through today's story about two young boys who fall into an argument about the outcome of a Snowsnake match.
Story based on the traditional tale as told in, "Stories the Iroquois Tell Their Children", by Mabel Powers (Yeh Sen Noh Wehs) published 1917. Photo by Mark Mulville - Buffalo News
It is known as the Creator's Game. People in North America have been playing Lacrosse for thousands of years. In modern times high schools and colleges have developed large programs. International competition has been growing as well. Today we are pleased to have several members of the Iroquois Nationals Organization joining the show. Executive Director Leo Nolan (Mohawk Nation), Rex Lyons (Onondaga Nation), David Bray (Seneca Nation), and Pro player Randy Staats (Mohawk Nation).
Fox and Raccoon continue their contentious relationship in this short story.
Based on Stories the Iroquois Tell Their Children by Mabel Powers  Photo by Mary Holland
Today's co-host is Karl Dockstader. Karl is a member of the Oneida Nation. He is an award winning radio host and a fan of Iroquois History and Legends. Together we cover racism, treaties, culture, and history. We look at past and present Haudenosaunee generations and their impact on the world.
A few years after the Civil War, General Grant became President Grant and his friend Ely was appointed the Commissioner of Indian Affairs. He was the first indigenous person to hold the office. Today we finish our three part series on the life of Ely Parker.
In 1863, after years of lobbying Parker was finally off to war. As General Grant moved up the ladder of command Ely went with him every step of the way.
It could be said that Ely Parker was the most famous Seneca man of the 19th Century. The grandnephew of Red Jacket became a teenage diplomat, interpreter, aspiring lawyer, domestic engineer and Sachem all before the age of 30. The crazy thing is, that is not at all what he is remembered for. Later in life he would become a General in the Civil War, a Wall Street broker and the first Indigenous person ever to be the Commissioner of Indian Affairs.
Fox and Rabbit cause a lot of mischief. Learn how fire, and war came to man. Find out how rabbit received his split lip. Adapted from the story as told by Arthur C. Parker (Seneca)
Director Garrett Wendt joins the show to talk about his upcoming film, "I am Rochester". We discuss the Haudenosaunee influence on Upstate New York and how the roots of the Women's Rights movement and Abolition of Slavery started in the longhouse.
Tecumseh is in the fight for his life at the Battle of the Thames. Meanwhile, bloody conflicts continue on both sides of the Niagara River. Can the Confederacy survive another Civil War?
In the fall of 1812 thousands of American forces gathered on the Niagara River to attack Upper Canada. But 80 Members of the Six Nations of Grand River made sure that the invaders didn't get very far.
In this episode we give the background on how the native peoples of the American Continent dealt with the Euro-Americans during the first decade of the 19th Century. New leaders will rise. John Norton, a Scottish-Cherokee who became a Mohawk and Tecumseh a Shawnee leader who had a vision to unite all tribes together to save their people from extinction.
During a Delaware invasion into Cayuga territory, the area peoples rally to defeat a foe bent on revenge. The battle will culminate at the edge of the highest waterfall on this side of the continent.
In 1799 a Seneca man lay on his death bed. But remarkably he recovered very quickly. Then he began sharing with others that he thought that the Great Spirit had visited him. For the rest of his life Handsome Lake would begin a religious revival among his people.
This time we will be doing a short biography on the life of Cornplanter, the Seneca General. He went from feared enemy of the United States to a powerful diplomat working with President Washington to ensure peace and friendship between their two peoples.
In the Later Part of his Life REd Jacket will Save his Seneca homeland.