Russell Sage to Host Two Row Wampum Send-Off Celebration Festival on Saturday, July 27

July 23, 2013 at 12:19 pm

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the Russell Sage College campus in Troy will be the site of the Send-Off Celebration Festival for the Two Row Wampum Renewal Campaign on Saturday, July 27 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The event is free and open to the public, and features an Opening Thanksgiving by Mohawk elder statesman Tom Porter, as well as speakers, music, social dancing, children's activities and more.

The event will precede the July 28 launch of an historic flotilla of more than 200 Native and non-Native paddlers to paddle over 140 miles to New York City side-by-side in two lines to honor and bring to life the imagery of the Two Row Wampum, the beaded record of the first treaty between European (Dutch) settlers and the Haudenosaunee (Iroquois Confederacy).

The festival on Saturday at Russell Sage (entrance to campus at Congress and First streets) will include:

  • Dakota Unity Riders
  • Tuscarora Historian Rick Hill
  • Haudenosaunee Social Dancing
  • Singer/Songwriter Margo Thunderbird
  • Native and Dutch Craft Vendors
  • Dutch and Iroquois Exhibits
  • Tours of the OnRust Ship
  • Children's Activities
  • Akwesasne Women's Singers
  • Singer/Songwriter Pura Fe
  • Dutch Folk Singers Ankie Van Der Meer and Nanne Kalma
  • Perry Ground Storytelling
  • European Street Performer Signora Bella
  • Local Native and Dutch Museums Exhibits


For more information on the celebration festival, contact:

  • Kevin Nephew,
    Regional Organizer, Capital District/Albany
  • Lori Quigley,
    Dean, Esteves School of Education, The Sage Colleges

For more information about the Two Row Wampum Renewal Campaign, visit: