The Thanksgiving Address is the basis for understanding the Haudenosaunee (people of the Longhouse/Iroquois) world view. Everything is included in the Address from all things natural to the unseen forces forever present. With everything mentioned, an explanation of its purpose is given and acknowledged.
From the Thanksgiving Address one can learn the basis of Haudenosaunee cultural thought. It is the belief of our people that our most basic instruction received from the Creator about how to live on this earth is that we always continue to be thankful. We must always acknowledge and respect all of creation. The Creator has made all things as he has made us therefore everything possesses a part of the Creator and deserves our respect and gratitude.
The Thanksgiving Address is recited to open and close all gatherings, meetings and ceremonies. Its purpose is to bring the people together with one mind to tend to the matter which is the purpose for the gathering. The speaker, with his words, expresses greetings, thankfulness and love to all the people of the world, to Creation and to the Creator on behalf of all those assembled.