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In commemoration of the Two Row Wampum Renewal Campaign that just occurred in the Hudson Valley, today's special edition of the show features Ulster County Clerk Nina Postupack and Bearsville resident Jim Davis, a descendant of 17th century Dutch settlers and Esopus natives. Nina and Jim will talk about their experience of the historic Two Row Wampum campaign, with members of the Onondaga Nation and friends in kayaks and canoes on the Hudson River, and the Unity Riders, members of the Dakota Nation from Manitoba, Canada, on horseback when they converged in Kingston on August 1 as they made their way to the United Nations.
The events in Kingston featured the treaty wampum belt from the 17th century that was given to English governor Nicolls by the Esopus, now in the Ulster County archives. What is the story behind the treaty and wampum belt?
Find out more about the renewal campaign at http://honorthetworow.org/
The Unity Riders at http://www.theunityride.com/
The 1665 Esopus treaty http://www.jrbooksonline.com/PDF_Books/EsopusIndianTreaty.pdf
The educational curriculum "When Cultures Collide" from the Ulster County Clerk's office http://www.co.ulster.ny.us/archives/downloads/cultures/When_Cultures_Collide-Full.pdf
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