Contributed by Peter Jemison

Peter Jemison
Victor, NY
In honor of, Indigenous and iroquois, Selected stories

Seneca people who follow the Longhouse way of life hold a ten day feast for the deceased. At the feast, items that belonged to the deceased are distributed to those who are family or part of the community. One of my important teachers left to me a blanket- she was a mainstay of our Newtown Longhouse. At her feast many of us had to sit outside because she lived in a small house and her feast was big. The temperature dropped as the evening wore on and I became grateful for the blanket which I draped over my shoulders to ward off the cold. I still treasure that modest blanket.