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Strawberry Thanksgiving
Hyaikneh | Ohiariha | June

This ceremony has to do with giving thanks, honouring and acknowledging the wild strawberry as well as all other berries. The wild strawberry is the first fruit to ripen.

Strawberry Ceremony
Time: When strawberries ripen, in May
Duration: One day
Purpose: Thanksgiving for life and the privilege of reunion for ceremony
Composition: Feather Dance (Part 1)
Intermission: During this period the leader speaks on the subject of Handsome Lake's Conversion, and strawberry juice is served to the participants

In our Creation Story, it says that this berry originally came from the Creators world. This day is set aside to make a strawberry to be used as a medicine. Prior to drinking it we are to give thanks to our Creator for all the things he has given to us.

A boy is chosen to pass it out to the men and a girl for the women. During this ceremony, two Great Feather Dances are done, one before we drink the medicine and one after.