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A Basic Call to Consciousness
The Hau de no sau nee Address to the Western World
Geneva, Switzerland, Autumn 1977
copyright © 1978 by Akwesasne Notes, Mohawk Nation, Via Roseveltown, NY.

basic call to consciousness

The following comprises a very powerful message given by the Hau de no sau nee (or traditional Six nations council at Onondaga) also called the Iroquois Confederacy “to the Non-governmental Organizations (NGOs) of the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland in September, 1977. The Non-governmental Organizations had called for papers which describe the conditions of oppression suffered by Native people under three subject headings, with supportive oral statements to be given to the commissions. The Hau de no sau nee, the traditional Six nations council at Onondaga, sent forth three papers which constitute an abbreviated analysis of Western history, and which call for a consciousness of the Sacred Web of Life in the Universe.”

This was published in Akwesasne Notes in 1978 and sent out on the net some time ago.

"What is presented here is nothing less audacious than a cosmogony of the Industrialized World presented by the most politically powerful and independent non-Western political body surviving in North America. It is, in a way, the modern world through Pleistocene eyes. . . .

  1. Introduction, and Spiritualism: The Highest Form of Political Consciousness
  2. The Obvious Fact of Our Continuing Existence; Legal History of the Hau De No Sau Nee
  3. Policies of Oppression in The Name of "Democracy"; Economic History of the Hau De No Sau Nee

This comprises pages 65-111 of the book, basic call to consciousness, edited by Akwesasne Notes, published by Book Publishing Company, Summertown, Tennessee, 38483. First printing 1978, Revised Edition, fourth printing, 1991.

The following comments were received via e-mail. As we are not the authors of this work, it is not within our purview to alter its content.

Subject: Islam vs. Mohammadanism
Date: Sat, 1 Jan 2000

In the Introduction to "Basic Call to Consciousness" there is a reference to world's three monotheistic faiths-Christianity, Judaism and Islam, but instead of using the right word, the article uses the word Mohammadanism (for Islam). This is not correct because Mohammad was not the founder of the faith of Islam. Islam is a divine message and Mohammad was chosen by the Creator to carry His message to humanity some 1400 years ago. The power and appeal of the message is evident from the fact that there are more than 1 billion Muslims (followers of Islam) worldwide and their number is growing. Also, the recent poll by MNBC on the most influential person of the mileneum, Mohammad was ranked on top of the list, way above Jesus, Moses, Gandhi, and others.

The word Mohammadanism is a misnomer for Islam and Muslims consider it offensive. Please make the correction in your article. Thank you!
Syed E. Hasan
Professor of Geology and Director
Center for Applied Environmental Research
Department of Geosciences
University of Missouri
Kansas City, MO 64110-2499
Phone: 816 235-2976

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