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Offline Austin Roe

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The Lost Founding Father......
« on: February 16, 2014, 03:05:03 PM »
If you look at the back of a dollar bill, you can see the American eagle holding an olive branch and a bundle of arrows. Most people believe that the olive branch represents peace and the arrows represent war. Not true. The names Gray and Heisman are just two of the main characters in the book talking amongst each other. Heisman is the Museum curator, that Gray and his men took a very important letter to in which to get analyzed by this man. This is what Heisman finally told them about the Chief. The characters are not historically important in anyway.. The importance is on the Chief. OK HERE WE GO!!!

"Chief Canasatego," he said with the warmth of someone remembering a close friend. "He's a historical figure few people know about, but one who played a vital role in America's formation. Some consider him a lost Founding Father."

"Dr. Heisman has done extensive research on the Iroquois chief. One of his dissertations was vital in getting Congress to pass a resolution concerning the role Native Americans played in the country's founding." "He's a fascinating figure. He was the greatest and most influential Native American of his time. If he hadn't been struck down so young, there is no telling how different this nation might look, especially regarding its relation with Native Americans." Gray leaned back in his chair. "And he was murdered like the letter said." Heisman nodded and finally took a seat at the table. "He was poisoned. Historians disagree about who killed him. Some say it was spies of the British government. Others claim it was his own people."

"Seems like Ole' Ben had his own theory," Monk added.

Heisman eyed the letter with a hungry look. "It is intriguing." Gray suspected there would be no further trouble convincing the curator to assist them with their research. The irritated sleepiness in his manner had drained away, leaving behind only avid interest.
"SO WHY WAS THIS IROQUOIS CHIEF SO IMPORTANT?" Monk asked. Heisman reached to the photocopied letter and flipped to the crude representation of the bald eagle with outstretched wings. He tapped the claw that held the bundled arrows. "THATS WHY." He glanced around the table. "Do any of you know why the Great Seal of the United States has the eagle gripping a sheaf of arrows." Gray shrugged and shifted the page closer. "The olive branch in one claw represents peace, and the arrows in the other represent war." A wry-grin-his first of the night- rose on the curator's face. "That's a common misconception. But there's a story behind that bundle of thirteen arrows, one that rises from a story of Chief Canasatego." Grey let the curator speak, sensing he'd get more by letting the man ramble on. "Canasatego was a leader of the Onondaga nation, one of six Indian nations that eventually joined together to form the Iroquois Confederacy. That union of tribes was already centuries old, formed during the 1500's--long before the founding of America. After generations of bloody warfare, peace among the tribes was finally achieved when the disparate nations agreed to bang together fr their common good. They formed a uniquely democratic and egalitarian government, with representatives from each tribe having a voice. It was government like no other at the time, with laws and it's own constitution."  "Sounds darned familiar," Monk added. "Indeed, Chief Canasatego met with the early colonists in 1744 and presented the Iroquois Confederacy as an example for them to follow, encouraging them to join together for the common good." Heisman stared around the room. "Benjamin Franklin was in attendance at that meeting and spread the word among those who eventually frame our own Constitution. In fact, one of the delegates to the Constitutional Convention--John Rutledge of South Carolina--even read sections of Iroquoian law to his fellow framers, reading directly from one of their tribal treaties, which started with the words, "we, the people, to form a union, to establish peace, equity and order--"  "WAIT," Monk sat straighter. "That's almost word for word like the preamble of the U.S constitution. Are you saying we patterned our founding documents upon some old Indian Laws"? "Not just me, but also Congress of the United States, Resolution 331, passed in October of 1988, recognizes the influence that the Iroquois Constitution had upon our own constitution and upon our Bill of Rights. While there is some dispute as to the degree of influence, the facts can;t be denied. Our founding fathers even immortalized that debt in our national seal. "How so?" Gray asked. Heisman again tapped the eagle drawing. "At the gathering in 1744, Chief Canasatego approached Benjamin Franklin and gave him a gift, a single feathered arrow. When Franklin expressed confusion, Canasatego took back the arrow and broke it across his knee and let the pieces drop to the floor. Next he presented Franklin with a sheaf of thirteen arrows tied together in leather. Canasatego attempted to break the bundle across his knee like before, but joined as one, they would not break. He presented that bundle to Franklin, the massage plain to all. To survive and be strong the thirteen colonies; only then would be unbreakable. The eagle in the Great Seal holds that same bundle of thirteen arrows in his claw as a permanent--if somewhat secret--homage to the wise words of Chief Canasatego..


- Chief Canasatego is a real Iroquois leader who had a profound impact on the founding of America. Many people do believe him to be a lost Founding Father. The story related about the arrows and Franklin and how it led to the bundle of arrows in our national great seal is true.

- As in Resolution 331, passed in October of 1988, which acknowledged the influence that the Iroquois constitution had upon our own founding documents, including the Declaration of Independence.

- For example, in 1787, John Rutldge of South Carolina read to member of the Constitution Convention from Iroquois law, words written 250 years before our constitution. Here are those words he read: "We, the people, to form a union, to establish peace, equity, and order...."Sound Familiar?

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Offline John Stark

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Re: The Lost Founding Father......
« Reply #1 on: February 19, 2014, 12:03:32 AM »
I had never heard of this. Very interesting stuff.

I'll have to dig around on this a bit.
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Re: The Lost Founding Father......
« Reply #2 on: March 22, 2014, 05:30:34 PM »
this should also go into the lost stories area as well.  this is a great story that ive never heard before.  it goes right along with what lincoin said " a nation left divided will never stand" and with the symbolism of the thirteen arrows not breaking over his knee is proof.  we all need to stick together threw this and be one or we will for surely fall together.  liberty is not given to anyone and needs to fought for everyday to ensure that others in future generations will also have to fight the tyrannical powers that plauge us everyday


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