As part of the Two Row Wampum Renewal Campaign a symbolic canoe trip from Albany to New York City will take place this summer with Haudenosaunee, other Natives and supporters.
“The Two Row Wampum is very important to the Haudenosaunee and our white brothers. This wampum is called the Grandfather of all treaties as it established protocol for future agreements and recognition of two distinct separate peoples with different ways to speak, govern, and give thanks to our Creator,” said Tadodaho, Chief Sidney Hill in a letter from the Haudenosaunee Grand Council of Chiefs endorsing the campaign. “The Two Row Wampum provided a way for two different people to recognize and treat each other as ‘brothers,’ as equals in how we work together. Although this occurred 400 years ago, this agreement maintains its importance today. We urge governments such as the United States and Canada to ‘polish the Covenant Chain’ that binds this agreement and provides a process to continue to work as brothers to resolve our issues such as jurisdiction, land, water, treaty rights, self-governance and peace between all nations and Mother Earth.”
The canoe trip begins on July 27 in Albany with a cultural and educational festival. The flotilla will leave the next morning, July 28 and will travel between nine and 15 miles each day. Paddlers will camp along the route. Along the way there will be educational and cultural events featuring talks by Haudenosaunee leaders and allies.
Paddlers will arrive in New York City on August 9 in time to participate in the United Nations International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples.
“The symbolic enactment and related events will draw thousands of people to the Hudson to learn and be inspired to create an equitable and sustainable future for all in the Hudson Valley and beyond,” says HonorTheTwoRow.org.
Paddlers can participate in the entire journey or a part of the journey. Applications are due by April 2 and can be found online.
Two Row Campaigners during the planning paddle in 2012.