Paddlers Mark 400-Year-Old Iroquois-Dutch Pact


A paddling expedition to mark the 400th anniversary of an agreement between the Iroquois and Dutch settlers in upstate New York were set to arrive in Albany on Sunday on its way to New York City.

Members of the Onondaga Nation and others began their tour at the Onondaga Creek south of Syracuse on July 2 and are due Sunday at the confluence of the Mohawk and Hudson rivers, near Albany. They’re carrying a replica of the Two Row Wampum for a two-week stay before going on to the United Nations later this month.

The Iroquois recorded the agreement with a belt of shell beads in parallel strips representing the Dutch ships and their canoes traveling the same path.