Featuring Native American Chief Oren Lyons. Faithkeeper of the Onondaga Nation, Lyons has been a spokesperson for Native American human rights and ecological wisdom at the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues.

A longtime friend of Rabbi Awraham Soetendorp, Founder of The Feather Project*, listen to Lyons tell about the importance of feathers in Native American life.

Oren Lyons was born and raised on Onondaga and Seneca reservations in upstate New York. He later served in the US Army before receiving a scholarship to Syracuse University.

At Syracuse, he was an All-American athlete in lacrosse, a sport he continued playing with clubs for many years after graduating. Oren’s athletic career had a jumpstart in his childhood games - lacrosse is a traditional sport played by generations of Iroquois

*The Feather Project is an intergenerational dialogue initiative launched by Rabbi Awraham Soetendorp from the Netherlands aimed at bringing together the wisdom of the elders and the visions of the young for creating a sustainable future.

The project is based on the Native American ceremony of the "talking feather" where an eagle's feather is passed from speaker to speaker, while the person holding the feather is requested to speak from the heart and share her deepest thoughts.


Responses to " Chief Oren Lyons: Importance of Feathers & the Next Generation (Video)"

  1. Anonymous says:

    I enjoyed learning about the significance of the feathers. I will share this information

  2. Anonymous says:

    Love this Men.

  3. Unknown says:

    Getting interrupted makes for such an awkward moment,there is a type of break that needs a bridge.

  4. Anonymous says:

    WarEagle49833: Miigwetch Mishomis for sharing your wisdom and the ancient teaching. The sound of your voice filled with truth and honor calms my heart and centers my spirit.

  5. Thank you Chief Oren Lyons for your words of wisdom, they are wonderful teachings which will stay in my heart. I love the hummingbird and now I know why they make me so happy when ever I see them!

  6. Anonymous says:

    Chii Miigwetch Chief Lyon's for sharing this teaching with the World.

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