Photo by Alex Hamer
Led by representatives from the Haudenosaunee, the crowd walks with the belts from the primary school in Canandaigua to the courthouse lawn.

Treaty of Canandaigua Rededicated 221 Years Later [8 Images]

Alex Hamer

Members of the Six Nations of the Haudenosaunee and the U.S. government gathered November 11 to commemorate the 221st anniversary of the 1794 Treaty of Canandaigua.

This treaty brought about peace between the Six Nations—Tuscarora, Seneca, Cayuga, Onondaga, Oneida, and Mohawk—and the U.S. government. It also recognizes the sovereignty of the Six Nations while creating a “Chain of Friendship” with the U.S. While there have been violations of the treaty, it is still recognized to this day, and each year the belt is carried through the streets of Canandaigua, New York to the “chosen spot,” which historically was the meeting place between the Haudenosaunee and the U.S., for re-dedication.

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