(Last year, this blog quoted the first lines of an Iroquois prayer that seemed to match the sentiments of this special day. This year, here are the closing lines of the prayer.)

We thank the Great Spirit that we have the privilege of this pleasant occasion.

We give thanks for the persons who can sing the Great Spirit's music,
and hope they will be privileged to continue in his faith.

We thank the Great Spirit for all the persons who perform the ceremonies
on this occasion.

– Traditional Iroquois prayer translated by Harriet Maxwell Converse

(The photo is by William Alexander Drennan of a gathering of Iroquois in 1914, from the Library of Congress' collection. Drennan's copyright has lapsed and the photo is now in the public domain.)

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