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Native American Talk/Canoe Trip on the Chemung Sept. 14 -15

American Indian to discuss local Native American history and take a canoe trip on the Chemung River

Members of the Oneida and the Onondaga Indian Nations of New York will present a lecturer on local Native American history and participate in a public canoe trip on the Chemung River on Sept. 14-15 in Elmira.

Michelle Schenandoah of the Oneida Nation and her husband, Neal Powless, of the Onondaga Nation, will speak from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Chemung County Historical Society about the impact of the 1779 Sullivan-Clinton military campaign during the Revolutionary War on the Iroquois Confederacy.

From 9:30 to 11 a.m. on Sept. 15, Michelle and Neal will join a paddle on the Chemung River at the Grove Street Boat Launch in Elmira and discuss the indigenous perspective of water. The public is invited to register to join the paddle trip. The paddle will be done in a pair of giant12-person canoes. The 26-foot canoes will be guided by Southern Tier Kayak Tours. The fee is $25/paddler and you must register in advance.

The events are sponsored by Chemung River Friends and the Chemung Valley History Museum. The program is designed to initiate community discussions about the region’s Native American heritage, history and future. That history includes the Battle of Newtown, near what is now the town of Chemung, when Colonial soldiers battled the English and the Iroquois, also called the Haudenosaunee, who sided with England during the Revolutionary War.

We celebrate the anniversaries of this battle with reenactments and media coverage,” said River Friends Executive Director Jim Pfiffer. “But we rarely learn about or seek reaction from the Native Americans who were the target of this military mission to destroy and vanquish their villages and their people. We need to learn more about their history.”

Friday’s presentation includes a short talk about the Sullivan-Clinton Campaign by Chemung Valley Museum and Historical Society Director Bruce Whitmarsh. An audience Q&A period will follow the presentation by Neal and Michelle. Admission is $10 at the door.

We believe that history is best understood and appreciated when looked at from many different perspectives, and we hope that this is the beginning of an ongoing conversation,” Whitmarsh said.

We want this program to be the first in a series of community discussions and events about our rich and varied local Native American history,” Pfiffer said. “We hope the discussions will include the views, values, lore and beliefs of Native Americans.”

The program is possible thanks to grants from the Community Foundation of Elmira-Corning and the Finger Lakes, Humanities New York and Chemung River Friends; and a donation from Capriotti Properties in Elmira.

Michelle’s speaks with passion, honesty and reverence for her culture and ancestors,” Pfiffer said. “She enlivens her talks with humor, local history and audience participation.”

Michelle, a member of the Wolf Clan, speaks and writes about indigenous women’s issues and leadership. She lectures on how to incorporate the indigenous perspective into mainstream culture. She graduated from Cornell University and has a law degree from New York Law School and has an extensive background in tax and business. She lives in her ancestral homelands near Syracuse with her husband and children.

The Friday evening presentation is $10/person and includes a craft beer tasking by Finger Lakes House in Elmira. The guided paddle is $25/person. For more information or to register for the Sept. 15, 9:30 to 11 a.m. paddle, and contact: Jim Pfiffer, executive director Chemung River Friends, 607-846-2242 or riverfriends@stny.rr.com. There are limited openings on the trip.




2018 River Friends public eco-recreation and cleanup events


  

Guided Nature Stroller Walks

These short and easy walks are designed to introduce parents, grandparents and toddlers to area trails, parks, ponds, rivers, and streams where the public can hike and enjoy outdoor recreation and nature’s beauty. Each walk includes an educational theme and snacks and water. 

Please dress for the weather-walks are cancelled only for thunder/lightning! 

The free walks are sponsored by the Chemung Valley Audubon Society. for more details about these walks, including directions to each site, please visit http://www.cvaudubon.org/calendar.html.

·     ·        Thur., Sept. 20, 10-11 a.m.: Sullivanville Dam, meet in the dam parking lot off of Route 13 in the Town of Horseheads. Hike along the top of the grass-covered dam and into the woods near the lake.


Public education and outreach events

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Guided paddle trips and hikes

Southern Tier Kayak Tours - done for the season.

Southern Tier Kayak Tours (STKT) provides kayaks, equipment and bus  transportation for most of our guided river paddles. During the 2-to-3-hour trips you will be joined by 15 to 20 paddlers of all abilities and experiences. We paddle on water that is relatively safe -- with ripples, not rapids. The experienced guides and r paddlers make the trips safe and fun (squirt guns are included).

FEE: River Friends pays $25 of the $50/paddler fee charged by STKT. You may bring your own canoe or kayak for a reduced fee. Contact STKT for more info and to register for the guided paddles: 607-220-3642 or mail@stktours.com.

These tours are done for the season.  Check back next spring for another series!

 River, stream and trail cleanups

·   More cleanups: Will be announcedGuided paddle trips and hikes

Southern Tier Kayak Tours - done for the season.

Southern Tier Kayak Tours (STKT) provides kayaks, equipment and bus  transportation for most of our guided river paddles. During the 2-to-3-hour trips you will be joined by 15 to 20 paddlers of all abilities and experiences. We paddle on water that is relatively safe -- with ripples, not rapids. The experienced guides and r paddlers make the trips safe and fun (squirt guns are included).

FEE: River Friends pays $25 of the $50/paddler fee charged by STKT. You may bring your own canoe or kayak for a reduced fee. Contact STKT for more info and to register for the guided paddles: 607-220-3642 or mail@stktours.com.

Friends of the Chemung River Watershed • 111 N. Main St., Elmira, N.Y. 14901 • (607) 846-2242 • riverfriends@stny.rr.com