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).

Two Row Events across New York State this week!

Guswenta image for emailsTuesday, April 22, 4-7 pm
Buffalo State – Bulger North


Guswenta: Renewing the Two Row Wampum, a short film by Gwendolen Cates, won the award for best short film at the Rated SR Socially Relevant Film Fest in New York City.

The film will be followed by refreshments and a panel discussion featuring:

  • Christine Abrams, Tonawanda Seneca, organized Tonawanda participation in the Two Row Wampum Renewal Campaign
  • Rick Levins from Batavia, and of Six Nations Tuscarora descent, paddled from Albany to New York City
  • Neil Patterson, Jr., Tuscarora, works for the Haudenosaunee Environmental TAsk Force and paddled from Onondaga to New York City
  • Jack Spula, writer, social justice activist and non-native ally from Rochester, paddled from Albany to New York City

This 33-minute film features stunning footage of the 28 day paddling journey from the Onondaga Nation to the United Nations in New York City during the summer of 2013, along with powerful words from Haudenosaunee leaders including Onondaga Faithkeeper Oren Lyons, Onondaga Clanmother Freida Jacques, Mohawk spiritual leader Tom Porter, and Tadodaho Sid Hill. The film inspires people, indigenous and non-native, to consider our collective responsibility 400 years after the Two Row Wampum Treaty was created.
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Teach-In graphicListening to the voices of the Earth and of Native peoples to heal our relationship with the land and with each other

Friday, April 25, 6 – 9:30 pm
Saturday, April 26, 9 am – 6 pm

LOCATION: Brooklyn Friends School 375 Pearl St, Brooklyn, NY 11201, and Brooklyn Friends Meetinghouse 110 Schermerhorn Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201

Friday evening no cost. Saturday Suggested Donation: $25. No one will be turned away. Lunch and refreshments included.

Register Now!

Friday evening, April 25 at Brooklyn Friends School 375 Pearl St, Brooklyn, NY 11201

6:00 pm Opening Thanksgiving Address, dinner
7:00 pm  Keynote presentation on Haudenosaunee values: gifts to our contemporary world by Freida Jacques, Onondaga Nation Clanmother and educator. This will be followed by Haudenosaunee Social Dancing in which all are invited to join.  No Charge

Saturday, April 26  Brooklyn Friends Meetinghouse 110 Schermerhorn Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201 (workshop and presentation sessions in afternoon at Brooklyn Friends School)

9:00 Gathering, light refreshments
9:30 Thanksgiving Address: Mohawk Elder Tom Porter
Keynote: – Tom Porter: From Where We Stand to Seven Generations (30 min, plus 15 min q and a)

11:00 Workshops

  • Bringing the Haudenosaunee Longhouse into the Classroom—Kay Olan (Mohawk, retired teacher)
  • Creating an Ally organization/working as allies to indigenous people—, Andy Mager (Two Row Wampum Campaign Coordinator), Sally Bermanzohn (Retired professor of political science, Brooklyn College and cofounder of Neetopk Keetopk: Sharing the River of Life), others
  • Incorporating indigenous perspectives into environmental activism/TEK and SEK—Charlotte Logan (Mohawk), Elizabeth Nanticoke (Mohawk), Raymond Gutteriez (Wuksachi-Mono), Aya Yamamoto (Two Row Campaign organizer and environmental educator)
  • Drumming Workshop – Spirit of Thunderheart
  •  1:00 Lunch (with informal discussions over lunch on topics of interest to participants)

    2:30 Presentation Session I

  • Role of Haudenosaunee Women and influence on Women’s Rights Movement – Daygot Leeyos Edwards (Oneida), Sally Bermanzohn (retired professor of political science, Brooklyn College and community organizer)
  • Unity and the Oppressed: The Ramapough and recent film “Out of the Furnace” – Chief Dwaine Perry (Ramapough)
  • Forgotten Founders: Haudenosaunee influences on US Democracy – Kay Olan (Mohawk, retired teacher), Andy Mager (Two Row Wampum Campaign Coordinator)
  • Guswenta: Renewing the Two Row Wampum, a short film by Gwendolen Cates – Hickory Edwards (Onondaga), Gwendolen Cates (filmmaker), others
  • Lessons from Maine’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission — Denise Altvater (Passamaquoddy) and Arla Patch
  • 3:45 Presentation Session II

  • The UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples: Progress and Challenges – Roberto Múkaro Borrero (Taíno)
  • The Anti-Fracking Struggle and Indigenous Rights – Messiah Rhodes (anti-fracking filmmaker), Hickory Edwards (Onondaga)
  • Doctrine of Discovery – the “Moral” Justification for Colonialism and Theft of Land – Susan Wolf, (New York Yearly Meeting of Quakers Indian Affairs Committee), others
  • Three Lessons in Peace – Freida Jacques (Onondaga Nation clanmother and educator)
  • Native New Yorkers – Evan Pritchard (Algonquin educator and author)
  • 5:00 Closing Plenary— Unity: The Path Forward for Indigenous Peoples and their Allies – Hawk Storm (Schaghticoke), Daygot Leeyos Edwards (Oneida), Chief Carlos Whitewolf (Taíno), Donna Coane (Scaghticoke) and Chief Ed Wolfwalker (Schaghticoke).

     Register Now!    Download the flier to share.
    Full schedule and registration information at: http://www.honorthetworow.org/teach-in
    For more information, or to offer to assist in some way, contact Aya Yamamoto or Tom Rothschild.

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    Film Screening
    Guswenta:
    Renewing the Two Row Wampum

    Monday, April 28, 7:30 pm
    The Madison Theater
    1036 Madison Avenue, Albany, NY
    Phone: 518-438-2094, Web: www.themadisontheater.com

    Cost: $10/adults, $8/senior citizens, $5/children

    The film will be followed by a panel discussion featuring:

    • Hickory Edwards, Onondaga Nation Turtle clan and Two Row lead paddler
    • Gwendolen Cates, award-winning filmmaker, photographer, and author
    • Don Rittner, of the OnRust which joined with the Two Row in 2013
    • Denise Watso, Abenaki community organizer and Two Row paddler

    This 33-minute film features stunning footage of the 28 day paddling journey from the Onondaga Nation to the United Nations in New York City during the summer of 2013, along with powerful words from Haudenosaunee leaders including Onondaga Faithkeeper Oren Lyons, Onondaga Clanmother Freida Jacques, Mohawk spiritual leader Tom Porter, and Tadodaho Sid Hill. The film inspires people, indigenous and non-native, to consider our collective responsibility 400 years after the Two Row Wampum Treaty was created.

     

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