November 6, 2013 - Two Important Events Next Week


MONDAY, NOVEMBER 11 - 10 AM-6 PM, 219th Anniversary of Canandaigua Treaty Day, Canandaigua, NY
The Canandaigua Treaty brought about peace between the Six Nations (Seneca, Cayuga, Onondaga, Oneida, Mohawk, and Tuscarora) and the U.S., and was negotiated and signed by sachems representing the Grand Council of the Six Nations and Colonel Timothy Pickering, the official agent of George Washington. It also recognized the sovereignty of the Six Nations to govern and set laws as individual nations. This yearly commemoration is a time of rededication of the agreement, helping to ensure that the "chain of friendship" and agreements between nations remain current and vibrant. The George Washington Wampum Belt commemorates this historic event.  

All activities are free and open to the public. Suggested donation for potluck dinner is $5/family.

1:30 pm: Parade from Canandaigua Primary School (96 W. Gibson St.) to Ontario County Courthouse (27 N. Main St.)
2:00 pm: Commemoration Ceremony; front lawn of Ontario County Courthouse
4:30 pm: Potluck Dinner; Primary School Cafeteria
6:00 pm: Keynote Speaker Chief Jake Edwards (Onondaga): "Commemorating the 400th Anniversary of the Two Row"; Primary School Auditorium
A Native American Art and Craft sale will take place from 10:30 am-7:00 pm at the School.
For details

NOON will have an informational table. If you are going, would you be willing to help at the table? Ride sharing might also be an option. Contact Paul,

Part of the Syracuse University Humanities Center/Syracuse Symposium and the Ray Smith Symposium, the conference will present information about the contact between Jesuits and Onondaga in 1653 and 1657-8 from multiple perspectives, including those of Jesuit, Haudenosaunee ("People of the Longhouse," or Iroquois), and colonial-era scholars. The symposium will examine questions related to the role and meaning of wampum in Haudenosaunee culture, as well as how to include wampum into what constitutes an authoritative version of history. Free and open to the public.

Thursday, Nov. 14
"What is Wampum?" - 4-6pm
 at Graham Commons, Bird Library, Syracuse University, Speakers: Philip Arnold, Director of the Skä·noñh "Great Law of Peace Center", Associate Professor of Religion at Syracuse University, Rick Hill, coordinator of the Indigenous Knowledge Centre at Six Nations Polytechnic in Ohsweken (Canada) and Shawn Wiemann, Assistant Professor of History at OCC
Evening Reception -7-9pm at the Skä·noñh Center, Onondaga Lake Parkway, Liverpool, Speakers: Gregg Tripoli, Executive Director of Onondaga Historical Association, Tonya Gonnella Frichner, President and Founder of the American Indian Law Alliance and Onondaga Chief Irving Powless, Jr. with Haudenosaunee artists

Friday, November 15
"How Does a Story Look: Walking an Indigenous "Mapa" of Mexico", 11-12:30 PM
 at Mawhinney Auditorium at OCC,Speakers: David Carrasco, the Neil L. Rudenstine Professor of the Study of Latin America at Harvard University
"Listening to the Wampum in Dialog with the Jesuit Relations", 3-5pm at Grewen Auditorium at Le Moyne College,Speakers: Fr. Robert Scully, S.J., Professor of History at Le Moyne College, Holly Rine, Le Moyne College Associate Professor of History and Oren Lyons, Onondaga Faithkeeper and member of the Council of Chiefs of the Onondaga Nation

For more information see:

Syracuse University Native Heritage Month Events -

Onondaga Community College Native American Month Celebration -


November 12 - NOON Steering Committee Meeting, 7-8:30 pm, Syracuse Peace Council, open. Since new people often have a lot of questions, we recommend talking with Carol Baum, Syracuse Peace Council Staff (315-472-5478315-472-5478 or Sue Eiholzer, NOON Activist (315-492-2684315-492-2684 before the meeting.

November 19 - Doctrine of Discovery Study Group, 7 pm at Friends Meeting House, 821 Euclid Avenue, Syracuse NY 13210. It is directly across from the Westcott Community Center. Parking is available in the rear. Contact Joan Cope Savage at or 315- 415-4290315- 415-4290  for further information.

November 19 or 20 Shaleshock CNY, 6 pm, Community Room, Onondaga Free Library. (Shaleshock usually meets on the 3rd Wednesday. Due to a room conflict it has sometimes been moved up to Tuesday. Check with library.) Meeting on local hydrofracking efforts. 


  December 14th, Saturday, 10 am to 5pm - From the Earth Arts & Crafts Festival, Onondaga Nation School. There will be more than 40 artists and craftsman from all the Six Nations, including silver jewelry, beaded jewelry, pottery, soapstone sculpture, leather work, weaving, and paintings. There will be Traditional Native food, as well as, baked goods and other lunch items. The event benefits the Onondaga Nation School Parent, Teacher, Student (PTS). Free parking at the school and at the Onondaga Nation Health Center just south of the school. Free entry but donations welcomed.


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