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There are many similarities between the Iroquois Constitution and the U.S. Constitution, in part, because Benjamin Franklin and other Founding Fathers gained insight into democracy through their meetings with members of the Six Nations. Those ideals show up in the U.S. Constitution and Bill of Rights.
The Great Law of Peace is the oral constitution of the Six Nations that comprise the Iroquois Confederacy. It was crafted by Dekanawidah, also known as The Great Peacemaker, and was written on wampum belts.
Barry Lee, a Munsee Indian, and Barbara Christy, a Delaware Indian, will display replicas of two wampum belts as part of a spiritual service at 10 a.m. Sunday at Unitarian Universalist Church of Lancaster, 538 W. Chestnut St.
The service is titled â€œPeacemaker Journey and Wampum Belts.ï¿½ The service also will include readings, meditations, music and congregational participation.
Speaking from his home near Philadelphia, Lee said they will focus on the journey of The Great Peacemaker whose passage across North America included events that led to the creation of the oral Iroquois Constitution and established laws and ceremonies that united warring tribes under the Iroquois Confederacy.
The Great Peacemaker â€” Munsee Indians do not say his name out of respect â€” lived during a time of war and strife.
Lee said the wampum belts are made of symbols that offer meaning regarding the treaties that were signed at the time.
One wampum belt he will display is a two-row agreement â€” a belt depicting Indians holding hands standing side by side.
â€œIt shows that we can live side by side,ï¿½ Lee said. â€œItâ€™s one we trust in today.ï¿½
The laws are divided into 117 articles. The Iroquois Confederacy is symbolized by an eastern white pine tree, called the Tree of Peace.
Christine Brubaker, a worship associate at the church, attends Native American Circle Legacy monthly meetings.
â€œThe Unitarian Universalist faith is grounded in 7 Principles and 6 Sources, which are very compatible with Native American spirituality,ï¿½ Brubaker said.
Circle Legacy members have been invited to bring musical instruments to the service.
Brubaker cautioned that the service will not be a pow wow â€” which is a social gathering held by different Native American communities.
The public is invited.