The Skä•noñh – Great Law of Peace Center is a Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) Heritage Center focused on telling the story of the native peoples of central New York. The history is told through the lens of the Onondaga Nation and covers topics such as Creation, European Contact, The Great Law of Peace, and more. The Onondagas, or People of the Hills, are the keepers of the Central Fire and are the spiritual and political center of the Haudenosaune.
Skä•noñh, is an Onondaga welcoming greeting meaning “Peace and Wellness.”
Onondaga Lake a Sacred Place for the Haudenosaunee
Onondaga Lake is one of the most important places for the founding of the Haudenosaunee, or “People of the Longhouse.” With the coming together of the Peacemaker, Hiawatha and the Tadodaho thousands of years ago. For these reasons, it is a sacred place for the Haudenosaunee. The Onondaga Nation, who are the Central Fire of the Haudenosaunee Confederacy (Mohawk, Oneida, Onondaga, Cayuga, Tuscarora and Seneca Nations) remain among the last sovereign Indigenous peoples in the U.S., if not the World, who still govern themselves by their ancient ceremonial Longhouse practices. As such, “The Great Law of Peace” has been continuously active from time immemorial until today. This tradition is reflected in the living community of the Onondaga Nation.