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AIP 30th Anniversary: Recognition and Two Row Wampum Renewal Conference

Conference Poster

American Indian Program at Cornell University celebrated the 30th Anniversary of its founding with the Two-Row Wampum Renewal Conference, held on April 12 and 13, 2013. The Conference featured American Indian community leaders, scholars, Program’s alumni, faculty, staff and students.

The Conference Program below lists the speakers and the wide range of expertise and backgrounds they represented. 

Friday April 12, 2013 | Africana Studies and Research Center, Cornell University

Traditional Opening

AIP at 30 Years – 10:00 am to 12:00 pm

Introduction – Jolene Rickard, Director, American Indian Program
Jane Mt. Pleasant (Associate Professor of Horticulture, Previous AIP Director, Cornell University)
Title: “Students, Intellectual Capital, and Communities: A Critical History of the American Indian Program”
Rebecca Moore (Associate Professor and Field Education Coordinator, Tennessee State University)
Title: “ ‘Akwe:kon’ in Mohawk Means All of Us: A Case Study of the American Indian Program at Cornell University within a Land-Grant Context”
Davydd Greenwood (Goldwin Smith Professor of Anthropology, Cornell University)
Title: "Using Action Research for Grassroots Organizational Renewal in Higher Education: An Experience from the Cornell University American Indian Program"
Michael Doxtater (Cornell Alumnus)
Title: “Being a Product of an Indigenous Time and Space: Akwe:kon Press and Indian Country in the Late 20th Century”
Discussant: Sofia Villenas, Associate Professor of Anthropology, Cornell University

Remarks – Max J. Pfeffer (Senior Associate Dean, CALS)

Recognition – Barbara Abrams `77 (Co-Founder AIP, AIP Interim Director Emeritus), Frank Bonamie (CEO, Ongweoweh Corporation & Co-Founder AIP), Kathryn J. Boor (CALS Dean), Dean Emerita- Susan A. Henry (Professor of Molecular Biology & Genetics and Ronald P. Lynch CALS Dean 2000-2010), Dean Emerita – David L. Call `54, (Ronald P. Lynch CALS Dean 1978-1995), and Jason Kats `10

Lunch - 12:00 to 1:00 pm

Two Row Historically – 1:00 to 3:15 pm

Richard W. Hill, Sr. (Deyohahage: Indigenous Knowledge Center at Six Nations Polytechnic)
Title: "Between the Two Rows: Reflecting on the Linked Vessels"
Jon Parmenter (Associate Professor of History, Cornell University)
Title: “The Meaning of Kaswentha and the Two Row Wampum Belt in Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) History: Can Indigenous Oral Tradition be Reconciled with the Documentary Record?”

Afternoon Break – 3:15 to 3:30pm  

AIP and Environmental Activism – 3:30 to 5pm

Introduction: Keith S. Porter, Adjunct Professor of Law, Cornell University

F. Henry Lickers (Mohawk Council of Akwesasne, Department of the Environment)
Title: “Haudenosaunee Environmentalism as a Cultural Strategy”
Paul Nadasdy (Associate Professor of Anthropology, Cornell University)
Title: “Wildlife as a Renewable Resource: Time and the Politics of Wildlife Management in the Yukon”
Robin Kimmerer (Professor of Environmental and Forest Biology, SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry)
Title: “The Fortress, the River and the Garden: a new metaphor for cultivating relationship between indigenous and scientific ecological knowledge”

Saturday April 13, 2013 – Africana Studies and Research Center, Cornell University

AIP, Reciprocity and Cayuga History, and People – 10:00 am to 12pm

Introduction: Samantha Sanft, Graduate Student, Department of Anthropology, Cornell University

Kurt Jordan (Associate Professor of Anthropology, Cornell University) Title: “Mapping Cayuga Occupancy: A Preliminary Study of Thirteen Thousand Years of Indigenous Residence.” In collaboration with Robert N. DeOrio, Charles D. Burgess

Eric Cheyfitz (Ernest I. White Professor of American Studies and Humane Letters, English Department, Former AIP Director, Cornell University) Title: “The Law of Dispossession: Cayuga Nation v. Pataki 2005.”

Allan Jamieson (Director of Neto Hatinawke Ongwehowe [Here-Lives-the-People in the Cayuga Language]) Title: “From Buffalo Creek to Homelands”

NASAC Co–Chair, Mia McKie (Tuscarora) and NASAC Students, Title: “Acknowledging the Cayuga Homelands and Cornell University “

Two Row Wampum 1613-2013 Renewal Project

Jake Edwards (Onondaga Nation Council of Chiefs Representative for the Two Row Campaign)

Lunch – 12:00 to 1:00 pm

Situating the Two Row Today – 1:00-2:00 pm

Introduction: Namgyal Tsepak, Graduate Student, Department of Anthropology, Cornell University

Troy Richardson (Associate Professor, AIP, Cornell University) Title: “Commentary on the Two Row and the Question of an Anti-Dialectic”

Jeannie Shenandoah (Onondaga representative of the Two Row Campaign) Title: “Sharing the River of Life ~ The Two Row: 1613 – Present” 3

Discussant: Karim-Aly Kassam (Associate Professor of natural Resources, and International Professor of Environmental and Indigenous Studies, Cornell University)

Two Row Wampum 1613-2013 Renewal Project – 2:00 to 3:30 pm

Introduction: Kianga Lewis, Graduate Student, Department of Anthropology, Cornell University

Freida Jacques (Onondaga, Turtle Clan Mother)

Andy Mager (Project Coordinator, Two Row Wampum Renewal Campaign)

Wendy Gonyea (Onondaga, Beaver Clan Mother)

Jack Manno (Associate Professor of Environmental Studies, SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry) Title: “Sharing the River of Life ~ The Two Row: 1613 – Present”

Recognizing the teachings of the Two Row in Ithaca: Audrey Cooper

Afternoon Break – 3:30 to 3:45 pm

Two Row Wampum and Contemporary Representation – 3:45 to 5:30 pm

Introduction: Bradley Pecore, Department of History of Art, Cornell University

Scott Stevens (Director, Newberry’s D’Arcy McNickle Center for American Indian and Indigenous Studies) Title: “Historic Representations of Wampum Belts in Literature and Visual Culture”

Jolene Rickard – (AIP Director, Associate Professor of Art History and Art, Cornell University) Title: “Artistic Intervention, Embodiment and Guswenta (Two Row) Wampum”

G. Peter Jemison - (Artist, Historic Site Manager, Ganondagan State Historic Site) Title: “The Two Row or Gaswenta’”

Alan Michelson (Artist) Title: “New Rows? Wampum and the Digital Native"

Discussant: Salah Hassan, Professor, Department of History of Art, Cornell University

Traditional Closing

Dinner – 6pm North Campus Townhouses

Community Room Featuring: Tuscarora Corn Soup with Venison and La Cocina: Mary Ann Grady Flores

Iroquois Social – 7 to 11pm @ North Campus Townhouses, Community Room Heath Hill and Newtown Singers

Special thanks to the staff of the American Indian Program

Associate Director: Carol Kalafatic (Quechua)

Student Development Specialist: Kathy Halbig (Onondaga)

Akwe:kon RHD: Ansley Jemison (Seneca)

Office Coordinator and Conference Organizer: Joe Solomon (Onondaga)