Dan Hill, who hosts the annual picnic on behalf of the Cayuga Nation, is explaining the route and thanking the paddlers. Next to him is Sachem Samuel George (Bear Clan, Cayuga Nation), Faithkeeper Karl Hill (Heron Clan, Cayuga Nation), and Chief William C. Jacobs (Heron Clan, Cayuga Nation) – Photo from 2014 canoe picnic
SENECA FALLS, NEW YORK—Many Cayugas are choosing to travel to the annual Cayuga Nation SHARE Farm picnic in a manner that would make our ancestors proud this year – by foot and canoe. The Cayuga Nation’s territory has always encompassed both sides of Cayuga Lake. Our ancestors would travel between villages by canoe.
Today, the Cayuga Nation’s offices and majority of our population reside on the west side of the lake. The Cayuga Nation SHARE Farm, which was the first property acquired as we began to return to our ancestral lands ten years ago, is located on the other side in Union Springs. To travel by canoe is an opportunity to reconnect with our ancestors and the lands and waters of our people.
The Cayuga Nation Picnic starts at noon on June 13th and goes until “dark thirty.” The event features bands of music, food, fun, artist vendors, lacrosse games, and impromptu perfomances and dances. It is open to the public. Every year members of SHARE (Strengthening Haudenosaunee American Relations thru Education) donate a peach tree, to eventually regrow the peach orchards burned by the 1778 Sullivan Clinton campaign.
The first picnic occurred June 2005.
Cayuga Nation members and allies
Traveling by canoe and kayak, and foot, from Cayuga Nation offices to SHARE Farm. Approximately 4 miles by canoe, 3 miles by foot.
Put-in at Cayuga Lake State Park, 2678 Lower Lake Rd, Seneca Falls, New York 13148. Take-out at park in Union Springs, and then walking to Cayuga Nation SHARE Farm at 4061 Truesdale Road, Union Springs
10 am launch, Friday June 12, 2015.
Cayuga Nation picnic begins 12 noon on Saturday June 13th.