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Gayanessha'gowa

The Great Law of Peace

 
 
Gayanessha'gowa Marker image. Click for full size.
By Anton Schwarzmueller, October 26, 2018
1. Gayanessha'gowa Marker
Inscription.  The Gayanessha'gowa, or Great Law, is the founding tradition of the League of the Haudenosaunee. The Great Law originated sometime between the tenth century, A.D., and the early sixteenth century. The League of the Haudenosaunee continues to meet under its rules at Onondaga near Syracuse, New York.

The founders of the League believed injustice must be abolished before peace could exist. Peace was not viewed simply as the absence of conflict but the product of sincere and informed negatiations which sought justice as a precondition to true peace.

Seneca oral tradition relates that Hiawatha and the Peacemaker, founders of the League, met Jikonhsaseh at her home near here. She offered advice which enabled them to persuade the opposition, led by the Onondaga chief Tadodaho, to join the movement for confederation.
 
Location. 42° 57.75′ N, 77° 24.753′ W. Marker is in Victor, New York, in Ontario County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Boughton Hill Road (Route 41) and Victor Holcomb Road (New York State Route 444). Marker is at Ganondagan
Gayanessha'gowa Marker image. Click for full size.
By Anton Schwarzmueller, October 26, 2018
2. Gayanessha'gowa Marker
View is northward. NY route 444 runs just behind the trees at right.
New York State Historic Site. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Victor NY 14564, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Haudenosaunee (within shouting distance of this marker); Seneca Women as Horticulturalists (within shouting distance of this marker); Onenodaji:h (within shouting distance of this marker); Deohako (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Jikonhsaseh (about 400 feet away); Wenishadenyoh (about 400 feet away); Ganondagan (about 400 feet away); a different marker also named Jikonhsaseh (about 500 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Victor.
 
Also see . . .  Ganondagan - NYS Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation. (Submitted on November 9, 2018, by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York.)
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on November 9, 2018. This page originally submitted on November 9, 2018, by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York. This page has been viewed 56 times since then and 15 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on November 9, 2018, by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York.
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