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Twylah Hurd Nitsch: Who am I? Where did I come from? What is my purpose?

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In 1983 filmaker Adrian Esposto's mother Kristina Nomeika went and visited with Seneca Grandmother Twylah Hurd Nitsch (at her request) on the Cattaraugus Reservation in New York State. While there she recorded with Grandmother Twylah her teachings on a Reel to Reel tape recorder. 

Young Adrian discovered the recorder and the tape in storage, which began his career as a filmmaker. Adrian's video Bury My Heart at Tonowanda is acclaimed by many traditional Native People.

Here is parts 1 and 2 of Who am I? Where did I come from? What is my purpose in this Life?

Part 3 is The Purpose of the Council of Men, Women, Wee People and the Elders.

Visit Adrian Esposito's YouTube Channel at http://www.youtube.com/user/ae44 (Warning: do NOT left click... audio will be interrupted!

Daughter of a Seneca mother and an Oneida/Scots father, Grandmother Twylah is a direct descendent of Chief Red Jacket, a renowned Seneca orator whose discourses are still studied by scholars today. The Seneca are one of the original members of the Five Nation Peace League known as the Iroquois Confederacy and are the acknowledged philosophers of the League. Seneca society is composed of various clans. Grandmother Twylah’s clan, the Wolf Clan, teaches the wisdom, philosophy, and prophecy of earth history, namely that all creatures — all creation — are members of the one family born of Mother Earth, and that our destiny is to reclaim that Oneness. Her family has been teaching the wisdom-traditions of the elders since the 1700’s.