We will begin with a cultural and educational festival near Albany on Saturday, July 27 and the flotilla will set off the following morning. We will paddle between 9 and 15 miles each day and camp along the route. There will be educational and cultural events along the way, some large and others small. The gatherings will feature talks by Haudenosaunee leaders and allies and cultural sharing. The most up-to-date version of the itinerary can be found here.
We will arrive in New York City on Friday, August 9 to participate in the United Nations International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples.
The symbolic enactment and related events will draw thousands of people to the Hudson to learn and be inspired to create an equitable and sustainable future for all in the Hudson Valley and beyond. The events will attract tourists as well as residents. We aim to educate and inspire attendees to transform their relationship to the river and all parts of the natural world, incorporating a sense of historic responsibility for the environment and justice for the original inhabitants of this land.
At each of our stops, we will need logistical assistance from local supporters. Below the list of ideas for ways to provide support is the current, nearly-final itinerary. If you can help at a particular location, please contact the appropriate person directly. If you have more general ideas/suggestions/offers of assistance, you can contact Andy Mager or Hickory Edwards. We will generally be leaving each morning as the tide is going out which will typically be between 10 and 11 daily.
Ways You can Help
-Provide and/or arrange for housing for people who aren’t able to camp
-Identify potential overflow camping areas if we fill up our spots
-Assist with on the ground logistical support, setting up for events/camping, directing people to park, running errands, setting up signs, be part of our “leave no trace” cleanup crew…
-Raise funds to help support the journey
-Solicit donations of food from area stores and farmers
-Bring food and/or arrange for others to do so to our breakfast, lunch or dinner spots
-Assist with transport/pickup of new people joining us, help identify places where cars can be left
-Help with publicity and media relations, both before and during the event. Contact Lindsay Speer.
-Help organize an event for us in your community when we arrive, including seeking support and welcome from local leaders
-Help fill two specific requests: A pontoon boat or other boat with a flat deck -and a captain!- to assist the media team, and a solar device-charging station. (Keeping media team’s computers, cell phones, and cameras charged is a key logistical challenge)