“The Haudenosaunee people (also called Iroquois and/or Six Nations) open and close all their gatherings and ceremonies with this Thanksgiving Address. For them, these words come before all others and also after all others.
“This version is one that the Haudenosaunee people have published and circulated widely to share with all people. In their own gatherings, the speaker follows this general outline but adds his/her own thoughts and personal experiences to enrich the telling, so it is a little different each time it is spoken.”
- Paula Palmer, Boulder Meeting (November 2014)