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mid-week Connect: 12/6/23 ~ Haudenosaunee

Greetings and Happy Midweek!

And it’s December already, so let’s enjoy another Word Connect today. We do this once each month to remind ourselves that words do totally connect us cross-culturally and in so many other ways.[*] Our exploration of this particular word will fit right into the Collaborations component of our Global SKILLs PROACTive Framework since, as we’ll see, it signifies a centuries long history of people groups collaborating as well as some modern day dynamics requiring new ways of collaborating. [**]

Today’s word: “Haudenosaunee”, as in the Haudenosaunee Confederacy; meaning: “People of the long house”

I was intrigued to see this word for the first time today, in the context of a modern day discussion about, of all things, allowing a group to participate in the 2028 Olympics - to play lacrosse.

It turns out, the group is the Haudenosaunee Confederacy which is a united group of several American First Nations. Better known by their western / colonial labels (“League of 5 Nations” in English), this group is seeking to play lacrosse, the sport they themselves invented, on the Olympics world stage. The unfolding story is a compelling coming together of historic and socio-cultural dynamics, which tug at my cross-cultural heart strings because whenever a people group stands up for what is theirs…it’s both a struggle and a triumph.

One situation I have personally witnessed where a people group is fighting to claim or reclaim something in their culture or in their homeland has to do with another collaboration of culturally related people groups, collectively known as the Jola people of the Casamance region in southern Senegal. I often refer to them in these Connects, since I lived among them for decades. The cultural battle they have been waging for over a hundred years is very complex but basically has to do with the fact that their traditional homeland is the breadbasket of the modern nation of Senegal as well as a tourist mecca. Many sectors (politicians, multinational businesses, etc) are therefore very interested in getting a big piece of the Jola pie, so to speak. As a result, there have been and will continue to be many battles fought (literally and figuratively) by the Jolas who, like the Haudenosaunee Confederacy, wish simply to maintain control over what is historically and culturally theirs.

What does this word have to do with cross-cultural communications [and/or] global community building? A lot!! I find the Huadenosaunee story inspiring because it shows when people groups work together, they can have an impact for their own legacy as well as being a model then for others. And, as on-lookers, I would suggest we can learn from these efforts about how to better manage within our own cultural dynamics when issues arise!

How about for you ~ what is one example of some issue you have collaborated on - to protect a bit of your own cultural heritage?

Share about that with a friend or note it here.

And check out the Global SKILLs LINKs below for more on the Huadenosaunee.

Thanks for being part of this Connect community.

Until next week,




* Previous words we’ve had fun with: Circumlocution [use the blog link above to find these by date]: (8/2/23); Hirsute / Hair (9/7/23); Laissez-Passer (6/7/23); Lizards (2/1/23); Mien (4/5/23); Remote (10/4/23); Slang (3/8/23); Tapestry (1/4/23)

** Through my business Global SKILLs and several partner subsidiaries I offer unique cross-cultural consulting and training including: 3 Dimensional Dynamics Model: 1st dimension = HOME ; 2nd dimension = HOST ; 3rd dimension = HARBOR)

PROACTive Framework:

PRO = PROfile, PROcess, PROgram

ACT = Applications, Collaborations (which we explored this week) and Transformations

~ contact me for more information on this model and these strategies and how you might use them in your current programming:

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