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SPECIAL EVENT | Canandaigua Treaty Day


On Monday, November 11, representatives from the Six Nations and the United States will commemorate the 219th anniversary of the "living" federal treaty between the area's original Native American inhabitants and the United States. Public events will be led by Master of Ceremonies Peter Jemison, manager of the Ganondagan State Historic Site.

At 1:30 p.m., a parade led by Haudenosaunee Chiefs will depart from the Canandaigua Primary School (96 W. Gibson St.). Citizens of the Haudenosaunee (Six Nations Confederacy) and the United States will march side-by-side, to honor the continuing the "chain of friendship" agreement between the nations. The parade will conclude at the Ontario County Courthouse, where the traditional commemoration ceremony will take place at 2 p.m.

Visitors can view one of only two original copies of the treaty and pertinent letters at the Ontario County Historical Society (55 N. Main St.) from noon to 4 p.m. And at 4:30 p.m., a potluck supper will be provided back at the primary school cafeteria. This year also marks the 400th anniversary of the Two Row Wampum between the Six Nations and the Dutch, the subject of the keynote speech by Chief Jake Edwards (Onondaga) at 6 p.m. in the primary school auditorium. A Native American arts and crafts sale will take place 10:30 a.m.-7 p.m. at the school. All activities are free and open to the public. For more information, call 742-1690 or visit