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).

The Campaign’s Recent Media Coverage

Monday, July 1st through Thursday, July 11th

7/10/2013 “Two Row Wampum Journey Begins” (Syracuse New Times)

“We’re always thankful,” she said, glancing at the stormy sky. “We’re always thankful for the things the Creator gives us, like the food and the water and the animals, and even the weather.”

7/9/2013 “Paddlers on Symbolic Trip to Honor 400th Anniversary of Two Row Wampum” (Little Falls Times)

During the stop at the Little falls marina, Edwards talked about the symbolism on the wampum belt, how the two dark blue rows represent the two parties in the agreement and the three white beads between the two represent the purity of “peace, friendship and forever.”
“It’s important for all of us to coexist peacefully together and to respect the laws of nature,” said Speer.

7/6/2013 “Events Celebrate Two Row Wampum Treaty” (Poughkeepsie Journal)

The main goals of the flotilla are to educate the public about the treaty and renew the chain of friendship it established between the Haudenosaunee and settlers. Respect for the Earth and for each other are essential links in the chain, as are environmental cleanup and preservation, to restore the planet’s health.

7/4/2013 “Two Row Wampum Campaign Begins Symbolic Trip Over New York’s Waterways” (WRVO) –

7/3/2013 “Paddlers Start Symbolic Trip to Honor 400th Anniversary of Two Row Wampum” (The First Perspective)

7/2/2013 “Onondaga Nation Representatives Embark on Epic Two Row Wampum Trip” (9WSYR-TV) –

“It was unexpected but it’s something we’re going to have to work with. If we have to walk we’re going to get there, we’re going to get there anyway we can. With this rain it just gives us more water to paddle in,” Edwards said.

7/2/2013 “Two Row Wampum Cultural Fest Launches” (Syracuse Post-Standard) – [photos]

7/1/2013 “Paddlers Start Symbolic Trip to Honor 400th Anniversary of Two Row Wampum” (Syracuse Post-Standard)

“While the main paddling journey for this year-long campaign is from Albany to New York City down the Hudson River, we’re excited that Central New Yorkers will have the opportunity to see this 400 year old treaty brought to life here in our community and to learn about the importance of this founding agreement of peace and friendship,” said Event Organizer Terry Eckert in a news release. “Our family-friendly event will offer many ways to appreciate and learn about this culture and history.”