Skaronhese’ko:wa Tsyohterakentko:wa Tsi Yontaweya’tahkwa (The Everlasting Tree School) is a new school initiative founded in June 2010 by a group of parents and teachers seeking a holistic experience in education grounded in Kanyen’keha, Rotinonhsonni culture, and the principles of Waldorf Education, inspiring life-long learning.
Skaronhese’ko:wa- The Great White Pine
In our culture, the Great White Pine is a symbol of the protective powers of peacefulness. We are told to follow the roots of that tree to its source in order to learn about peace and how it applies to our lives. Our school will be guided by those great white roots of peace.
Our ancestors gathered under Great White Pine, seeking shelter and protection from its great branches. As they gathered around the tree they would share their voices and come to one mind on important matters.
The symbol for our school is the Everlasting Tree (Dust Fan) Wampum Belt that represents everlasting peace that results when people learn how to nurture, enjoy and maintain healthy relations with Creation, and between people and nations. Our school will provide a safe, nurturing place to experience the wonders of nature and the beauty of expression that comes from thinking, speaking and interacting in Kanyen’keha.