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French writer Alexis de Tocqueville, after visiting America in 1831, wrote,

"I sought for the greatness of the United States in her commodious harbors, her ample rivers, her fertile fields, and boundless forests -- and it was not there.

I sought for it in her rich mines, her vast world commerce, her public school system, and in her institutions of higher learning--and it was not there.

I looked for it in her democratic Congress and her matchless Constitution -- and it was not there.

Not until I went into the churches of America and heard her pulpits flame with righteousness did I understand the secret of her genius and power. America is great because America is good, and if America ever ceases to be good, America will cease to be great!"<!-- ua:Mozilla/5.0 (Windows NT 6.1; WOW64; rv:47.0) Gecko/20100101 Firefox/47.0 -->

The Other Side of the Mountain

As a youth, we sang the song ”The Bear Went Over the Mountain Just to See What He Could See.” When I left the Seneca Territories of western New York State to attend Syracuse University, I felt like I was that bear. After college, I returned to the “Rez” until deciding to leave again to do what I had wanted to since childhood:  become a Madison Avenue Creative Director. One of my relatives gets anxiety attacks when he leaves the Reservation; I’m sure there are many who feel safe only in their limited realm. It is difficult for me to understand why anyone would not wonder, “what is on the other side of the mountain.”

I am a “full blood” Seneca of the Iroquois Six Nations – all Native North Americans have the same “O” blood type (including the true natives of Hawaii). If I hear a person in a crowd, a radio or TV, I can recognize the tonal value and manner of speaking as “Indian”.  However, Central and South American Natives are very different in appearance, customs and languages. Places, people, customs and languages are different everywhere that I have been fortunate enough to have traveled just as the Grand Canyon is as awesome as the Swiss Alps. English is spoken in many parts of the world; yet accents in Boston, MA, Australia and Scotland are all very different. Once I asked directions in Edinburgh, Scotland and yet only understood perhaps one word of that “English” spoken.

My wife, Heather, and I recently took a Danube River cruise starting in Passau, Germany and ending in Budapest, Hungary. The languages, cultures and ways of life in each city and country were totally diversified and each many thousands of years old. Seeing what’s down the river is almost the same as looking over the mountain.

The most important thing to me in my seeking “what’s on the other side of the mountain” is how alike all people really are. They are gracious, friendly, proud, and when given a smile, return it with warmth. There is so much media attention given to all the evil in the world; in my observations ”goodness” shall prevail here and on the other side of the mountain.

Luis Robert Lee – Co-Editor

“Guin Yah Geyh” Seneca name  meaning “Something from the Clouds”.

Please send more great get together photos

"Isn't it great to be retired and have time to fish, even if it is a bit cold. Enjoy the picture of the prize winning Atlantic cod. The cod is the thing on the table not the person standing beside it.. Regards, Larry"