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).

Sharing the river of life: The Two Row Wampum and the next 400 years

Hickory and Andy Two Row Belt Pier 96 Photo Andrew Courtney
A commentary reflecting on the Two Row Paddling trek by Hickory Edwards and Andy Mager was published on the Syracuse Post Standard website on August 22. Link

The commentary begins:

Over two years ago, we began discussions to mark the 400th anniversary of the Two Row Wampum Treaty, the first treaty between the Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) and Europeans. We developed a plan to share the Two Row throughout New York state and beyond, to bring the Onondaga Nation’s vision for healing between our peoples and between humans and Mother Earth to many thousands of people. That idea has become a reality!

Along with hundreds of others, we have just completed our two week paddling trek down the River that Flows Both Ways (the Hudson). Nearly 200 people paddled each day, in sun and rain, calm and tumult. Paddlers and ground crew joined us from all six Haudenosaunee nations and from at least 20 other native nations. Many thousands of people greeted us along the way and millions more learned about the effort through the media. This effort completed the journey begun from the Onondaga Nation on July 2. Read full piece