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.
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. . . .
This comprises pages 65-111 of the book, basic call to consciousness,
edited by Akwesasne Notes, published by
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
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