July 2019 Witness to Injustice: the KAIROS Blanket Exercise

 

 

Witness to Injustice: the KAIROS Blanket Exercise

The truth-telling is powerful, and eye-opening.”

Why have I not known this history? Why wasn’t it taught in my schools?”

These are familiar responses from those who take part in NOON’s experiential educational project: “Witness to Injustice: the KAIROS Blanket Exercise.” “Witness” (WTI) invites participants to personally encounter what occurred during the colonization, invasion, and attempted genocide of the Indigenous Peoples of Turtle Island. It is a participatory exercise designed to raise awareness of Native history as it was experienced, resisted and survived by Native Peoples and Nations. Through the use of historic quotes and the blankets that represent the lands of Turtle Island, participants engage in an experiential history lesson designed in a way that can’t be provided by reading a book or watching a film. As befitting the Two Row Wampum Treaty and NOON’s mission, the program involves both Native and non-Native facilitators and participants.

So far in 2019 alone, NOON has brought the program to: Onondaga Nation School, Pebble Hill Presbyterian Church, Hamilton College, SUNY ESF, and SHARE Ithaca. Upcoming events are scheduled at Interfaith Works, Skä·noñh-Great Law of Peace Center University of Rochester, Friends of Chemung River Watershed, LeMoyne College, and Colgate University. (the Skä·noñh exercise on July 18 is open to anyone. For info and to apply go to: http://www.skanonhcenter.org/events/)

For more information or to schedule a WTI program, contact Cindy Squillace, program coordinator at cindysquillace@gmail.com, 315-415-5508. We are particularly looking for people to become facilitators for daytime programs (through the Syracuse School District) for 7th graders in the Syracuse schools. We are organizing a training at the Onondaga Nation Firebarn on August 10-11 for those who would be interested and be available day times in the fall.

 

NOON acknowledges that we are on the territory of the Onondaga Nation, counsel fire of the Haudenosaunee Confederacy.

We are thankful for their stewardship of our environment.

 

 

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EVENTS

Crazy Horse: The Lakota Warrior’s Life & Legacy, Thursday, July 11th, 7 to 9 pm, Skä•noñh – Great Law of Peace Center, 6680 Onondaga Lake Parkway, Liverpool, New York 13088 Join Crazy Horse Family Elder, Floyd Clown Sr., and Author William Matson for a discussion and book signing. Open to the public with a sliding scale entry fee to help continue programs such as this. Copies of the book will be available for purchase at the Skä·noñh Center Gift Gallery.

Garden Talk, Saturday, July 13th, 1 – 4 pm, In 2015, Skä•noñh – Great Law of Peace Center, 6680 Onondaga Lake Parkway, Liverpool, New York 13088. The goal of the recently established garden within the confines of the French stockade is to showcase plants of ecological, cultural, and historical value to Onondaga Lake and surrounding areas. Catherine Landis, Ph.D. in Ecology, and Rick Kulibert, Nursery Owner, will answer any questions you may have about the garden and to highlight plants of interest. This event is free with admission to the museum. Rain date for this event will be July 20th

Witness to Injustice: Unraveling US and Indigenous History, July 18, 6-9 PM, Skä•noñh - Great Law of Peace Center, 6680 Onondaga Lake Parkway, Liverpool, New York 13088

Echoes of Tradition:Artist Demonstration, Saturday, July 20, Iroquois Indian Museum, 324 Caverns Rd, Howes Cave, NY 12092. Kahnawake-based artist Tahatie Montour demonstrates the art of making gustowehs (men’s traditional headdresses).

Hodinohso:ni’ Juried Art Show Preview, July 26, Ganondagan State historical Site, 7000 County Road 41 (Boughton Hill Road), Victor, NY 14564

Indigenous Music & Arts Festival (formerly the Native American Dance & Music Festival), July 27-28, Ganondagan State historical Site, 7000 County Road 41 (Boughton Hill Road), Victor, NY 14564

Echoes of Tradition:Artist Talk, Sunday, July 28, 1:30pm, Iroquois Indian Museum, 324 Caverns Rd, Howes Cave, NY 12092. Sheree Bonaparte discusses the relationship between quilt making and community at Akwesasne Reservation.

Tonto Revisited, Native American Stereotypes, Opening Reception, Thursday, August 1st, 7 – 9 pm, Skä•noñh – Great Law of Peace Center, 6680 Onondaga Lake Parkway, Liverpool, New York 13088. Tom Huff’s collection of stereotypical “Indian Kitch,” brought together in one exhibit, will help to dispel the myths surrounding Native Americans and encourage a new understanding of Indigenous peoples. Light refreshments will be available. Admission: $5+

Roots, Rhythm, & Ale, Friday, Aug 2nd, 5pm, Iroquois Indian Museum, 324 Caverns Rd, Howes Cave, NY 12092. Join us for a Cajun, Zydeco, Bluegrass bash! The evening kicks off at 5pm with the Trackers bluegrass band followed by the Catskill Cajun dubbed Rubber Band and wraps up at 9 pm.The event features local artisans, tasty food, and a raffle packed with gift certificates and Native art. Enjoy some high energy romping and stomping. Grab a partner and waltz away your cares, two-step it out in style, or just kick back and enjoy the tunes.

Indigenous Values Initiative Training Seminar for Educators, Saturday, August 3rd, 10:00am to 3:00pm, Skä•noñh – Great Law of Peace Center, 6680 Onondaga Lake Parkway, Liverpool, New York 13088. A traditional Haudenosaunee lunch will be provided. Space is limited.

Educators' Day, August 9, Ganondagan State historical Site, 7000 County Road 41 (Boughton Hill Road), Victor, NY 14564

Cultural Center Opening Celebration, the one-year anniversary, August 4TH, Onöhsagwë:de’ Cultural Center, (Seneca-Iroquois National Museum), 82 W Hetzel St, Salamanca, NY 14779

KOKOM LENA of the First Nation Algonquin. The Photographs of Michael Greenlar, February 3-August 31, Skä•noñh – Great Law of Peace Center, 6680 Onondaga Lake Parkway, Liverpool, New York 13088. For 20 years, Syracuse photographer Michael Greenlar documented four generations of Algonquins in the bush of Quebec, Canada.

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MONTHLY:

NOON Steering Committee Open Meeting, Tuesday, July 16, 7-8:30 pm, Syracuse Peace Council, 2013 East Genesee St, Syracuse, NY. Since new people often have a lot of questions, we recommend contacting Carol Baum, Syracuse Peace Council Staff, or Sue Eiholzer, NOON Volunteer, before the meeting. NOTE: Change to 3rd Tues

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Facebook pages of interest:

Skä•noñh - Great Law of Peace Center

Kanatsiohareke Mohawk Community

Six Nations Indian Museum

Ganondagan State Historic Site

Seneca-Iroquois National Museum

Akwesasne Cultural Center

Iroquois Indian Museum

Neighbors of the Onondaga Nation (NOON)

For a variety of news about Indigenous issues, culture and events check out Indian Country Today News and Facebook Page

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NOON RESOURCES:

WITNESS TO INJUSTICE: UNRAVELING HISTORIC NATIVE & U.S. RELATIONS. This inter-active group exercise is a 2 hour teaching tool that uses participatory education to raise awareness of the history of the relationship between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples in the part of the world now known as the United States. Through the use of meaningful quotes, and blankets that represent part of Turtle Island (the Western Hemisphere), we explore this shared history that most people rarely learn in traditional settings. We engage in a conversation about the European colonization of Turtle Island in order to deepen our understanding of the denial of Indigenous peoples' nationhood throughout U.S. History. NOON is offering this exercise to groups, organizations, schools and churches. A good will offering to support NOON's work is appreciated. If you would like additional information or to schedule a time for a presentation, contact Cindy Squillace

 

The Doctrine of Discovery: Unmasking the Domination Code film is premised on Pagans in the Promised Land: Decoding the Doctrine of Christian Discovery, a book based on two decades of research by Shawnee, Lenape scholar Steven T. Newcomb. Available to borrow. Contact Carol Baum via email or phone 315-472-5478

 

Standing on Sacred Ground Videos. Each of the 4 episodes is 60 min. Pilgrims and Tourists, Profit and Loss, Fire and Ice and Islands of Sanctuary. If you have a group of friends or know an organization that would like to view any of these films, please contact Carol Baum via email or phone 315-472-5478.

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SAVE THE DATE:

Echoes of Tradition:Artist Demonstration, Saturday, August 10, Iroquois Indian Museum, 324 Caverns Rd, Howes Cave, NY 12092. Seneca artist Adrian John demonstrates the construction of water drums and cow horn rattles.

Echoes of Tradition:Artist Workshop, Sunday, August 11, Iroquois Indian Museum, 324 Caverns Rd, Howes Cave, NY 12092. Stone carving workshop with artist Adrian John.All materials will be provided but feel free to bring tools, stone, works in progress, etc.Open to ages 13 to adult.Cost of$60 includes materials. To register for this event please email us at: info@iroquoismuseum.org or call(518) 296-8949.

Echoes of Tradition:Artist Demonstration, Saturday, August 17, Iroquois Indian Museum, 324 Caverns Rd, Howes Cave, NY 12092. Cayuga artist Dan Hill demonstrates the process of creating traditionally-inspired silver brooches.

Storytelling Under the Full Moon & Stars, August 16, Ganondagan State historical Site, 7000 County Road 41 (Boughton Hill Road), Victor, NY 14564

"A Walk Through the Creator's Garden", August 17, Ganondagan State historical Site, 7000 County Road 41 (Boughton Hill Road), Victor, NY 14564

Christian Domination and the Failure of 'Truth and Reconciliation', Saturday, August 17 & Sunday, August 18. A conference in Onondaga Territory at Syracuse University and Skä•noñh – Great Law of Peace Center.

Echoes of Tradition:Iroquois Social Dancers, Saturday, August 24, Iroquois Indian Museum, 324 Caverns Rd, Howes Cave, NY 12092. Haudenosaunee Dancers

38th Annual Iroquois Indian Festival, Saturday, August 31 & Sunday, September 1, 10am– 5pm, Iroquois Indian Museum, 324 Caverns Rd, Howes Cave, NY 12092. Join us for a weekend packed with fun events the whole family can enjoy! This event features an Iroquois Art Market, Iroquois dancers, food vendors, storytelling, a children's craft station, and more!Learn more about this event.

Doctrine of Discovery, Film and Lecture, Steven Newcomb,(Shawnee/Lenape), Thursday, September 12th, 7 – 9 pm, Skä•noñh - Great Law of Peace Center, 6680 Onondaga Lake Parkway, Liverpool, New York 13088. Recognized, leading Indigenous scholar who has studied and educated about the doctrine of Christian discovery for decades.

Wooden Stick Festival, Sunday, September 29, 9 am-5 PM, 6700 Onondaga Lake Pkwy, Liverpool, NY 13088.

Life, Legacy and Stories of Chief Irving Powless Jr, Tuesday, October 1st, 7:00 pm, Skä•noñh - Great Law of Peace Center, 6680 Onondaga Lake Parkway, Liverpool, New York 13088. Everyone is invited to share remembrances and stories of the life, work, and wisdom of Chief Irving Powless, Jr., Beaver Clan. His friends and family will share their stories of Irv and everyone who knew him is welcome to join in. Irv was a teacher, a historian and story-teller, a LaCrosse Player, a humorist, a WW2 US Navy Veteran, a lover of life and tireless fighter for justice for the Onondaga and all Indigenous peoples. The sliding scale admission, allows the center to host more events like this.

Opening Reception:Women of Influence, Saturday, October 12, 1pm– 4pm, Iroquois Indian Museum, 324 Caverns Rd, Howes Cave, NY 12092. Meet some of the artists who contributed to the Honoring quilt and learn about the inspiration and aspirations for this project.

Make & Take Quilt Block Workshop, Saturday, October 19, Iroquois Indian Museum, 324 Caverns Rd, Howes Cave, NY 12092. Amultigenerational quilting workshop! Construct your own honoring quilt blocks and connect them together to create a mini-wall hanging.

Scary Stories, October 25, Friday, 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm, Onöhsagwë:de’ Cultural Center, (Seneca-Iroquois National Museum), 82 W Hetzel St, Salamanca, NY 14779

Spooktacular Family Fun Day, October 26, 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm, Onöhsagwë:de’ Cultural Center, (Seneca-Iroquois National Museum), 82 W Hetzel St, Salamanca, NY 14779

Holiday Fine Art's Market and Art Show, November 30, 8:00 am - 5:00 pm, Onöhsagwë:de’ Cultural Center, (Seneca-Iroquois National Museum), 82 W Hetzel St, Salamanca, NY 14779

The Earth and Other Blessings, Tuesday, December 17th, 7 pm, Skä•noñh - Great Law of Peace Center, 6680 Onondaga Lake Parkway, Liverpool, New York 13088. Readings and Songs from the Book of Blessings and Poems by Jack Manno, Earth Blessing Directed by Danan Tsan.The sliding scale admission allows the center to host more events like this.

Ohiyo' Social Pow Wow. A 3 day long Winter Social Powwow with dance competitions for all ages, December, Ganondagan State historical Site, 7000 County Road 41 (Boughton Hill Road), Victor, NY 14564.

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