|Maggid ben Yoseif / Jerusalem Torah Voice in Exile|
Monday, March 1, 2010
Part III: Haudenosaunee Corn Clan Mother
first to propose 'moneyless society'
Six Nations ties to Smith family examined
by Maggid ben Yoseif / credentials
© 2010 Jerusalem Torah Voice
If the European settlers, including followers of Joseph Smith had listened to the Yagowaneh of the Haudenosaunee, there may not be an economic recession at this writing, no Federal Reserve System even a currency other than money running this nation.
Elements of the Book of Mormon and Smith's later doctrine of the Law of Consecration agree with the "moneyless society" taught by the Yagowaneh (YAH-GO-WAN'-EH), the Corn Clan Mother. This was also the lifestyle among the Haudenosaunee (HO-D'NO-SAW-NEE) also known as the Iroquois or Six Nations for centuries before the Europeans arrived. The Europeans' failure to adopt the moneyless society and other tenets of the Great Law has resulted in the present usury-driven capitalism regulated by the suppliers of money. Consequently, we have a system that takes advantage of the impoverished and the wage-earner, which was never the America envisioned by Native Americans or our Peacemaker.
At the time Joseph Smith wrote that he first made contact with the angel, Moroni, he was living in West Central Upstate New York, in the heart of the Seneca, one of the six nations of the Haudenosaunee (Iroquois). The Canandaigua Treaty of 1794 was interpreted for the Haudenosaunee by four men, including a "Joseph Smith," who is believed by geneaologists to be Joseph Smith, Sr. (before Joe Jr. was born). The same Smith, interpreted three such treaties for the Haudenosaunee. Such an intimate link to the Haudenosaunee by the Smith family means that Joseph Smith Jr., would surely have been told the story of Daganawida, (the Peacemaker born of a virgin, and his Jikohnsaseh. The proximity of the Smith home to Ganondagan (GAN-NON'-DAY-GON), the Haudenosaunee House of Peace from which the Jikohnsaseh ruled, assures that the entire Smith family was probably familiar with this story and its tie to a moneyless society. This would apply as well to Oliver Cowdery and the Harrises, Whitmers and Pages who lived nearby and comprised the 11 witnesses who stated they saw and held all of the plates that Smith had translated at that time (presumably the autographs of the 116 pages Smith translated, which was later stolen). However, none were witness to the plates when the text of the Book of Mormon was received by Smith while gazing inside of a deep hat at his "seer stone." And no one -- not even the 11 witnesses listed in the front of the Book of Mormon whose witness was "in the form of visions" actually saw physical writings on physical plates "for fear of death."
Do plates validate Kingdom established by Daganawida?
Looking beyond the Six Nations across the Americas, many stories emerge of the Great White Brother and his message of Peace, including the Hopi prophecy of the return of Pahana in the American Southwest. Christian missionaries have told us this is "the God, Jesus." But Native Americans know the one who has walked across the Americas by many names, as others have documented. And he has appeared to many Native American prophets and seers and grandmothers -- many, not as Grandfather our Creator but as our "Big Brother." Within the circles of the Sundance lodge of the Membreno Apache is such a prophet, who has had several conversations with his "Bro." Daganawida is believed to be only one of the many names of this Great White Brother whose message is always Peace.
Confident that Smith knew the story of Daganawida and his Jikohnsaseh, these questions follow:
1) Do the plates record a history leading up to the "second coming" of Daganawida? (Assuming the Book of Mormon accurately reflects the writing on the plates -- even though as explained above, it cannot technically be called a translation -- the book already refers to Jesus' earlier appearance in Jerusalem. Anything but Peace resulted in the interim, according to the outcome of the book). This means the plates could validate -- as a glimpse of Kingdom Rule -- the precedent established at his later appearance as Daganawida. That precedent gave the Native Americans the Great Law of the Haudenosaunee, the propriety of matriarchal rule and the command to leave the decision of going to war only in the hands of clan mothers and grandmothers as instruments of making and protecting the peace. The Great Law would naturally flow out of the dismal failure of the partriarchal rule of the sons of Lehi. Mary Jemison, for instance, was a captive of the Haudenosaunee, but refused to leave as she had more rights as an adopted Iroquois under matriarchal rule, than she had as a free American white woman.
Story of 'messiah figure' living among Native Americans 15 miles from Smith's front door
2) Is the Book of Mormon an attempt to retell the story of Daganawida? A story that possibly told of Jesus living among the Native Americans and setting up his kingdom less than 15 miles from Smith's front door would certainly have impressed any young, impressionable and inquiring mind. Young Smith was all of that when the plates were first revealed to him. All a Peacemaker would need would be wars to resolve and people to reunite. This presupposes that the plates were never correctly translated and were used as a "backdrop" or "platform" for Smith's imagination and/or his inspired writings and doctrine.
3) Whether or not the translation is genuine, is Grandfather using this book in the Latter Days among the Saints to point to the story of Daganawida at a time when war drums are again beating on a global scale?
Any of these three possibilities mandate that the plates be brought forth so they may be translated by skilled Native American translators. Joseph Smith Jr. was initially told to bring the Book of Mormon (some say the plates themselves) to the Native population. It is hard to imagine that the Iroquois in the area, when presented with the Book, would not demand to have the plates since they were on Iroquois land. If the Great Law is a miniature of Kingdom Rule, presented by the Anointed One, any writings found in proximity of the Haudenosaunee where he appeared may be of global importance. Show me the plates!
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