August 18th, 6-9pm at the Gloversville Middle School Auditorium
Wampum is how the Haudenosaunee documented their history and culture. This three-hour presentation with Darren Bonaparte will explore the history of wampum as it relates to the Haudenosaunee story of Creation, the Great Law, the Age of Contact, the establishment of Christian missions, and times of conflict. The program will be held at the Gloversville Middle School auditorium.
Darren Bonaparte has been a student of Haudenosaunee history and culture for more than a quarter century. His research began with his home community of Akwesasne, and quickly expanded to the Mohawk Nation and the Haudenosaunee Confederacy. The St. Lawrence Iroquoians and the Seven Nations of Canada are also big blips on his research radar. He has documented the lives of Saint Kateri Tekakwitha, Colonel Louis Cook, and Saiowisakeron, also known as Jake Ice and John Fire. Bonaparte has been published by Indian Country Today, Native Americas, Aboriginal Voices, and Winds of Change and served as a historical consultant for the PBS miniseries The War That Made America, Champlain: The Lake Between, and The Forgotten War: The Struggle for North America.
This program is made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature.