In collaboration with the American Indian and Indigenous Studies Program (AIISP), this exhibit focuses on the Haudenosaunee symbolism of “The Tree of Peace,” also known as the white pine (Pinus strobus), one of the oldest trees in North America. According to Haudenosaunee philosophy, peace is not the mere absence of war but calls for justice and a conscious society through action and reason.


Symbol of Peace

The white pine is a powerful cultural symbol to the Haudenosaunee, which is embodied by the beaded tree titled, “Ganradaisgowah-Peace Tree” (shown left) by renowned Cayuga artist Samuel Thomas.

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The Tree of the Great Long Leaves

The exhibit highlights the white pine's biological characteristics and their deeper, symbolic meaning to the Haudenosaunee.

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