Schedule for July 2 Launch and Festival for Two Row Wampum Renewal Campaign
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Schedule for Two Row Wampum Renewal Campaign July 2 Launch and Festival
Paddling trip and festival are on, despite the rain.
July 2, 2013 -Syracuse, NY – Onondaga Nation Paddlers begin the first leg of the epic Two Row Wampum Renewal Campaign epic canoe trip Tuesday, despite the rain. They will carry a replica of the Two Row Wampum from the Onondaga Nation, located south of Syracuse, to the state capital in Albany, NY. They will arrive July 14. A festival planned by Neighbors of the Onondaga Nation will be held at Willow Bay at Onondaga Lake Park from 12-9 in honor of the launch. The main part of the trip begins July 27th in Troy, NY, with over 200 paddlers, native and non-native, paddling all the way to the United Nations in New York City.
VISUALS – Paddler Itinerary:
10 AM – A small delegation of Onondaga paddlers including Hickory Edwards will launch from the bridge over Onondaga Creek at Gibson Road on the Onondaga Nation. Only the best paddlers will undertake this portion of the trip due to the swift water of Onondaga Creek through the City of Syracuse at the current water levels.
1:45 PM – Non-native Two Row Wampum supporters will meet the paddlers at Syracuse’s Inner Harbor. After a brief lunch, the paddlers will continue in two lines (representing the two rows of the wampum belt) across Onondaga Lake. Additional Onondaga, Cayuga, and other Haudenosaunee paddlers will also join at this time.
2:30 – 2:45 – expect a good view of the paddlers from Hiawatha Blvd. bridge
4:00 PM –
- Arrival of Paddlers at Festival at Willow Bay
- Well-wishes from Congressman Daniel Maffei (D-NY24),
- Joint Proclamation from Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner and Onondaga County Executive Joanne Mahoney, presented by Travis Glazier, Director of Intergovernmental Relations.
- Haudenosaunee Singers and Dancers performance. Full festival schedule here.
The Onondaga paddlers do plan to keep their schedule all the way to Albany (full trip schedule here). Some of that journey may take place on foot, if the Mohawk River continues to flood.
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