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 Renewal Campaign Opening Event: Monday, February 11 at 7 pm

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – January 24, 2013

Sharing the River of Life is the theme for the opening event of the Two Row Wampum Renewal Campaign on Monday, February 11 at 7 pm at Syracuse Stage, 820 E. Genesee St., Syracuse.

The program will begin with a Haudenosaunee Thanksgiving Address by Tadodaho Sid Hill and feature presentations on the Two Row Wampum and the Covenant Chain of Treaties by Onondaga Chief Jake Edwards, on Treaty Violations and Historic Allies by historian Robert W. Venables and a multi-media presentation about the statewide campaign.

“In addition to the powerful presentations, the event will include a presentation of collaborations aligned with the Two Row,” according to campaign education coordinator and SUNY ESF professor Jack Manno. “These collaborations show that the Two Row continues to live here in Central New York.” The Two Row Wampum Renewal Campaign is a statewide educational campaign marking the 400th anniversary of the first treaty between European newcomers and the Haudenosaunee.

Hickory Edwards, paddling coordinator for the Onondaga Nation, sees this as an opportunity “to share all the things that aren’t archived in history books, from an Onondaga perspective.” Stressing the environmental aspects of the campaign, he continues, “It’s important for us to step up and say something because people who aren’t born yet are affected by what we do in our lifetime.”

Events will be held throughout the year and an epic canoe trip on the Hudson River will bring to life the concept of two peoples traveling down the river of life side-by-side in peace and friendship. Full information is available at

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