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THE GREAT LAW (ENGLISH)

The Great Law of Peace

THE GREAT LAW
OF THE
IROQUOIS CONFEDERACY

WAMPUM 36: THE TITLE NAMES OF THE FIVE WAR CHIEFS

The title names of the War Chiefs of the League shall be:

Ayonwehs: war chief under Chief Tekarihoken (Mohawk).
Kahonwaitiron: war chief under Chief Otatsheteh (Oneida).
Ayentes: war chief under Chief Atotarho (Onondaga).
Wenens: war chief under Chief Dekaenyon (Cayuga).
Shoneratowaneh: war chief under Chief Skanyatariio (Seneca).

The women heirs of each head chief's title shall be the heirs of war chief's title of their respective chief.

The war chiefs shall be selected from the eligible sons of the female families holding the chieftainship title.

Note: War Chiefs ruled absolutely over the nations when the Iroquois Confederacy was formed. The ruling war chiefs were Tekarihoken for the Mohawks, Atateheteh for the Oneidas, Atotarho for the Onondagas, Dekaenyon for the Cayugas and Skanyatariio for the Senecas. They all became part of the 49 Chiefs in the new order devised by Deganawida, Founder of the Iroquois Confederacy. They became Peace Chiefs and a new order for protection and defense was devised and the new category of War Chiefs established and they included Ayonweha for the Mohawks, Kahonwaitiron for the Oneidas, Ayentes for the Onondagas, Wenens for the Cayugas and Shoreratowaneh for the Senecas and these new War Chiefs took instructions and directions from the former rulers of the Nations.