4) The industrious Senecas immediately made an important discovery: the blazing ball of fire in the sky was the source of the oppressive heat. They put this discovery to good use because it was their duty to provide shelter for the Haudenosaunee. They found that the cracked ground could be broken into bricks and piled up to create areas of shade. They called these shelters Ganohsesgeh or “Where the sun does not shine”. As their skill in piling sandstone grew they began to exercise their aesthetic sense, for Sky Spirit loved beauty above all things. At first designs would be scratched into the walls, later they realized bricks could be added to walls to produce patterns. Later still, and this would require the approval of the Lawgivers, walls would be built that weren’t even rectangles. They could be any shape imaginable, like squares or even other shapes.
5) The eloquent Onondagas had the sacred duty of singing praise, or Sadahosiyohsda, to The Great Sky Spirit. They sang of his power and wisdom, and though it was more challenging they sang of his mercy also. Most of all they knew he would appreciate songs of beauty. So in their minds they would imagine the most beautiful notes and cords, but as the dry air chapped their lips, dried their throat and swelled their tongue every song took on a monotonous rasp. In the end they sang mostly of his power and wisdom, and at the behest of the other tribes they took to singing a little further out in the desert.
6) The wealthy Cayugas, whose duty was to be served by the other tribes, were proud of the effort they put into making the Haudenosaunee a great people. They spent long days in their Ganohsesgehs thinking of ways that the Oneidas could prepare Tsohnohskwenrie, of all the imposable things the Senecas could make them and of how the Onondagas could sing more quietly. Even after long days of thinking of these useful things they would often not stop. Oh no, for their dedication was so great that they frequently thought late into the sweltering night. They thought of ways that the Lawgivers could make the others do the things they thought, they thought of ways to increase their ridiculous wealth, and they though of when the Sky Spirit would return and lead them to the most beautiful spot in all creation and make them a great nation.
7) The Mohawks were the Lawgivers. Their duty was to enforce the edicts of the Cayugas, and ensure the rest of the Haudenosaunee sang praise to the Great Spirit. Through long years of pitiless experimentation they refined savage intolerance into one perfect tool for both these tasks, the Sewatsiaken or “encouraging word.” The Sewatsiaken, which is a heavy wooden bludgeon, would be wielded with both hands, and through a powerful overhead blow bring the complacent to realize that The All Giver takes away gifts that are taken for granted.