What is culture? It is everything that distinguishes and identifies a people as being unique, and separates them from all others. This question was addressed in our Cultural Ordinance, and its Preamble is shared below.
Wyandotte Culture will be defined as all the ways of life pertaining to the identification and pattern of Wyandotte specific tribal activity, and the uniqueness that gives such activities significance and importance. Such unique patterns initially identified as being Wyandotte, follow the dispersal of 1649-50 from our ancient ancestral homelands; which lie south of the Georgian Bay and east of Bruce Peninsula, along the Niagara Escarpment in the Canadian Province of Ontario. The dispersal was due to an ongoing war with the five nations of the Iroquois Confederacy.
It is agreed that the Tionontati Nation (Tionnontaté, Pétun, Tobacco) and a smaller number of refugees from the Wendat (Huron) Confederacy merged as one. In the early 1700’s, a distinct people with roots to the ancient Wendat culture emerged, thus the Wyandotte Nation. History records two (2) additional spellings of Wyandotte that are equally held in common and are hereby identified as Wyandot and Wyandott.
Our distinct culture includes the clan system, language, religion/beliefs, ceremonies/dances, oral traditions, manners, art, dress, gathering and preparation of food, shelter, government, law and history as defined in published historical documents and oral traditions still held in common by many Wyandotte People.
Wyandotte Culture will perpetually stay in a state of transition and renewal, while being passed down from generation to generation. It is desired that each sequential generation will retain knowledge of the past and guarded diligence on the behalf of future generations, to insure the preservation of all that is uniquely Wyandotte.