This 400th anniversary campaign, carried out throughout 2013, is finished. The work to honor treaties with Native Nations and protect the Earth continues. Learn more, or join in that work: contact the Onondaga Nation, Neighbors of the Onondaga Nation, Neetopk Keetopk (Hudson Valley), Onondaga Canoe and Kayak Club or Two Row Paddle down the Grand (2016).

Onondaga Canoe and Kayak Club (OCKC) Start Traditional Dugout Canoe for Summer Paddle

04 Andy working on Canoe01 Delivery of tree02 Hickory Edwards working on canoe03 In the beginning...05 Day 3 progress06 Day 5 progress
07 people working on canoe08 The Stuff Legends are Made Of09 Sawing the front10 Hickory in canoe11 Fire Started

Dugout Canoe, a set on Flickr.

By Lena Duby

Men of the Onondaga Nation began making a dugout canoe with the help of friends and family, to be taken on the Two Row Enactment paddling trip, starting from Onondaga Nation.

The project was started by Hickory Edwards, his father, Rick Edwards, and cousin, Pete Edwards. Harold Farmer and many others have lent a hand. The tulip poplar log, donated by Lori Shenandoah, was set up at the Onondaga Nation warehouse at 7007 S. Salina St. in Nedrow on April 16, 2013.

The first week of work has been spent shaping and chopping, preparing for the start of the burning process. When asked how long he is expecting this project to take, Hickory stated, “We expect another week of shaping and at least a month of burning, maybe more. We will use pine pitch for the final sealing.”

During the burning process, a fire will be started every sun up and put out at sun down. The fire will need to be constantly watched and moved to properly hollow out the canoe. The burning process started on Saturday, April 27th.

The Edwards’ welcome everyone to come lend them a hand or visit to watch the work being done. They’re enthusiastic about answering questions about the project and the Two Row Enactment Campaign.