The Oneida County History Center will host a lecture by Syracuse University Professor Philip P. Arnold on the Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) and the Erie Canal , set for Saturday, January 26th at 1 pm.
For millennia waterways have been profoundly important in indigenous Haudenosaunee territories. Arnold will discuss the important role waterways play in the cosmology of the Haudenosaunee people of New York State, and the Erie Canal’s profound environmental effects and traumatic consequences on the Haudenosaunee relationships to their lands.
Philip P. Arnold is chair of Syracuse University’s religion department and is core faculty in Native American and Indigenous Studies. He is the founding director of the Skä·noñh—Great Law of Peace Center. His books include Eating Landscape: Aztec and European Occupation of Tlalocan (1999); Sacred Landscapes and Cultural Politics: Planting a Tree (2001); The Gift of Sports: Indigenous Ceremonial Dimensions of the Games We Love (2012), and other titles. He is a founding member of Neighbors of the Onondaga Nation (NOON).
The Oneida County History Center is located at 1608 Genesee Street, Utica. This program takes place in the center’s main gallery.
Admission to this program is free for the general public; donations are encouraged. For more information, contact the center at (315) 735-3642 or visit the OCHC website.
Illustration of Haudenosaunee and the Erie Canal provided.