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First agreement with Native Americans was a "model of friendship and peace;" 400th anniversary event
Friday, November 02, 2012

Two guest speakers will discuss and display artifacts to commemorate the 400th anniversary of the first agreement between Europeans and native Americans on Thursday, Nov. 29, from 7 to 8:30 p.m., in 209 McEwen Hall. "Two Row Wampum," the name of the agreement, was between white settlers and the original inhabitants of Turtle Island (the North American continent).  The agreement outlined a model of friendship and peace, of living in parallel forever, working together where appropriate, and respecting one’s sovereignty.

Dr. Richard Harness, associate professor emeritus of Monroe Community College, will display replica wampum belts assembled over a five-year period and also deliver a PowerPoint presentation on the belts and their significance.

Jamie Jacobs, who works as a collections assistant with the New York Rochester Museum and Science Center and is also a cultural and historical educator with Tonawanda Seneca Indians, will discuss the importance of the Two Row Wampum.

The program is free and open to the public.

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