Ancient Wisdom Rising 2013
August 16 – 18
This weekend of teachings, stories and ceremony to enliven your connection with nature and spirit featuring Sobonfu Some’ (Dagara, Burkina Faso), Oren Lyons (Turtle Clan Onondaga), Eliot Cowan (Huichol, Sierra Madres), Eda Zavala (Wari, Peru) and Tom Porter (Bear Clan Mohawk)
GATHER at the sacred river
RE-AWAKEN to the voice of the elders
EXPERIENCE the song of the world
The gathering is organized by the Sacred Fire Foundation, a sponsor of the Two Row Campaign!. There is a cost to attend. Full details at: ancientwisdomrising.com.
Respect for Treaties with Indigenous Groups
(UN press release)
Ahead of the International Day of the World’s Indigenous People, the United Nations human rights chief on August 7th urged the United States to do more to honour and strengthen their treaties with indigenous peoples, no matter how long ago they were signed.
“Even when signed or otherwise agreed more than a century ago, many treaties remain the cornerstone for the protection of the identity, land and customs of indigenous peoples, determining the relationship they have with the State,” High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay said in a statement. She added that treaties are often a decisive step in ending a period of conflict, exploitation and expropriation.
“The honouring of treaties has in many cases been described as a sacred undertaking requiring good faith by each party for their proper enforcement. Yet too often indigenous communities are obliged to go to the courts to force States to live up to their promises,” she added, highlighting the fact that exploitation and expropriation continue today.
The theme of this year’s World Indigenous Day – which has been marked annually on 9 August since 1995 – was “Honouring treaties, agreements and other constructive arrangements.”
The UN marked the Day with a special event in New York on August 9, featuring senior UN officials and some 2,000 representatives from indigenous groups from around the world. Also that day, hundreds of indigenous and non-indigenous rowers arrived in Manhattan after having collectively travelled thousands of miles on canoes and horsebacks. The event honours the Two Row Wampum Treaty concluded in 1613 between Dutch immigrants and the Haudenosaunee, a confederacy of six nations, with the capital in the Onondaga nation in New York state.
In 2014, the UN will hold the first World Conference on Indigenous Peoples, a high-level plenary meeting with UN Member States. Two hundred indigenous participants from seven regions are to be invited, according to the event’s website.
“Two Row Journey” a new short video by Gwendolen Cates
NYC Proclamation in support of the Two Row Wampum
The sovereign nations of the Haudenosaunee (Iroquois or “People of the Long House”) lived sustainably in the region that now includes most of New York State for many hundreds of years before the arrival of European colonists; and
WHEREAS: In 2013, the Haudenosaunee together with their non-Native allies have chosen to commemorate the 400th anniversary of the Two Row Wampum Treaty, the first agreement between the Haudenosaunee Confederacy and European settles; and
WHEREAS: New Yorkers and others in the wider region greatly benefit from the many contributions of the Haudenosaunee and other Native peoples in culture, environmental understanding, political philosophy and spiritual awareness; and
WHEREAS: The Two Row Wampum Treaty began what was intended to be a Covenant of Friendship symbolized by a silver chain linking our peoples together through a series of agreements with the Dutch, British, French and the United States of America. The Haudenosaunee have consistently and repeatedly sought to uphold the Two Row Wampum as the basis for relations among nations living in peace and friendship; and
WHEREAS: On September 13, 2006, the United National General Assembly adopted the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, a resolution long-championed by the Onondaga Nation, which recognizes the “urgent need to respect and promote the inherent rights of indigenous peoples which derive from their political, economic and social structures and from their cultures, spiritual traditions, histories and philosophies, especially their rights to their lands, territories and resources”; and
WHEREAS: The Haudenosaunee and other native people have persistently maintained their spiritual and cultural practices and, in some cases, their traditional governing structure despite long-term efforts to subvert those practices. The Haudenosaunee have consistently sought diplomatic means to resolve problems with neighboring governments and peoples; and
WHEREAS: The people of the City of New York and the Haudenosaunee can both benefit from a mutual collaboration and friendship to protect the environment on which we all depend. Everyone benefit from a respect for the culture, spirituality, and way of life of the Haudenosaunee and of New Yorkers while travelling on their own mutual paths through life; now therefore
BE IT KNOWN: That I, Rosie Mendez, Council Member of the 2nd District, is proud to join the Haudenosaunee in honoring
The Two Row Wampum Treaty
in commemoration of its
and its ongoing efforts to protect the Earth for current and future generations.
Signed this 17th day of July in the year Twenty Thirteen.
Council Member, 2nd District
GALE A. BREWER
Council Member, 6th District
DANIEL R. GARODNICK
Council Member, 4th District