Another great year -- thanks to Alex, Jeff, Louisa and Allie. We worked in the Turtle Island Medicinal Herb Garden and gave the trees some care at the Cayuga SHARE Farm. Onondaga Nation got some attention too with our work at the Jacques' house and the NOON garden. A highlight was a visit to the Onondaga Nation buffalo herd and a tour of the Onondaga Nation School with Freida Jacques. Great Gully provided some much needed cooling down and a reflective moment to think about the return of the Cayuga to their homeland.
More and more Cayugas are returning to the homeland! This year's picnic was bigger than ever with Cayuga people, Native friends and supporters gathering for a day of food, music and friendship. Highlights included performances by Butch Mudbone, Charlie Hill and Gary Farmer. The lacrosse game was pretty spectacular too! We look forward to next year's gathering and many more days helping out at the farm.
Another great year learning about Haudenosaunee history, land and culture. We worked at the Cayuga SHARE Farm, helping Dan Hill (Cayuga caretaker) getting it ready for the Cayuga Nation Picnic June 11, 2011. Jack Rossen gave us an archaeological and historical tour of the area. We had a great day at the Onondaga Nation, touring the school with Freida Jacques and helping Ada Jacques put up her garden fence. Alfred Jacques, renowned lacrosse stick maker, helped in the garden, showed up his lacrosse shop and took us on a tour of the woods showing us species of trees and plants used by the Haudenosaunee.
It was a great day at the farm as many Cayuga, Haudenosaunee, and other Native people joined with community members to enjoy music, food, and glorious weather in Cayuga territory. The annual gifting of a peach tree to the Cayugas by members of SHARE was a highlight as always. An emotional and profound event of the day was the lacrosse match between Old Sticks vs. Thunderhawks, the first Native lacrosse game in the Cayuga homeland in 200 years. The beauty and magic of the homeland continues to grow as more and more Cayugas return home.
Enjoy these pictures of our past field classes in Hawaii! The next trip will be offered Winter Intersession Dec. 28, 2008-Jan. 14, 2009. Applications are due to Brooke Hansen Nov. 3 (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Here are some great pics of our Nov. 16, 2008 field trip to visit with the Onondaga Nation buffalo herd. Thanks to Freida Jacques for hosting us!
Students from area schools, including Ithaca College, Wells College, Cornell, SUNY Cortland and the Lehman Alternative Community School are frequent volunteers at the Cayuga SHARE Farm, one of the re-established home bases for the Cayuga. The farm is located about 40 minutes north of Ithaca and is situated in the ancestral homeland of the Cayuga Nation.