The Haudenousanee Confederacy is also known as the Iroquois League. The alliance formed during ancient times by a man known now as The Peacemaker. With a powerful mind and a superhuman ability to positively influence people, The Peacemaker brought peace to the Haudenosaunee by changing minds, subverting constant war and chaos, and uniting us in a spiritual-political system: The Great Law.
The Great Law system organizes families into clans, with clan-identity passed down through the mother. We were and still are matrilineal. Each clan family has a chief and clan-mother, whose responsibilities include taking care of the law and serving the people.
Chiefs pass titles down to successors who are chosen by Clan-mothers. Clans include three animals from the water, the land, and the sky. They are turtle, eel, and beaver; bear, wolf, and deer; and heron, hawk, and snipe. The Great Law emphasizes care, living life with a good mind and good intentions, abiding by the laws of nature, and individual freedom through the wellbeing of whole communities.