The Two Row Wampum Treaty – Thursday, November 16 at 6 pm


Join Chief Lyons, Sachem George and Mike Bishop on Thursday, November 16 at 6 pm at the Southworth Library for The Two Row Wampum Treaty – the Ship and the Canoe.

This treaty, originating in 1613 offers a way for non-Indigenous people to right their ship, and to re-establish friendship and peace with the Haudenosaunee. This event, in the spirit of the Two Row, will be co-led by Indigenous and non-Indigenous people. Sachem Sam George (Cayuga) and Chief Spencer Lyons (Onondaga) will share their knowledge of the Two Row as a living treaty in collaboration with Mike Bishop (non-Indigenous) as an aspiring ally with how  the Two Row can guide non-Indigenous people in working in solidarity with Indigenous people. This enlightening discussion will provide opportunities for attendees (in person and virtual) to walk away with newfound knowledge, as well as ask questions of the presenters.

This event is made possible through a generous Action grant from Humanities New York. Humanities New York encourages critical thinking and cultural understanding in the public arena through grants, programs, networking and advocacy. Visit to learn more.

Co-sponsors for this event include the Dryden Town Historical Society, South Central Regional Library Council, Dryden Groton Plus-Human Dignity Coalition, Tompkins County Showing Up for Racial Justice (SURJ)

Please be sure to register. There will be an option for attending in person or via Zoom.

 We will pause ¾ through the event to generate “buzz time” among attendees, and then conclude with dialogue/question and answer. Participants will be offered additional readings and resources on the Two Row to explore after the event.