FREDONIA - A presentation and display to commemorate the 400th anniversary of Two-Row Wampum, the first agreement between Europeans and the original inhabitants of Turtle Island, the North American continent, will be from 7-8:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 29, in 209 McEwen Hall on the State University at Fredonia campus.
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. That agreement outlined a model of friendship and peace, of living in parallel forever, working together where appropriate and respecting one's sovereignty.
The program is free and open to the public.