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The Haudenosaunee Sacred Waters & the Trauma of the Erie Canal

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Oct 21, 2017, 1:00 PM-2:00 PM

Skä•noñh - Great Law of Peace Center in Liverpool

Vicki Krisak // Director of Communications and Outreach Erie Canal Museum // vicki@eriecanalmuseum.org

Lecture examines impact of the Erie Canal on the Haudenosaunee
Saturday, October 21
at Skä•noñh - Great Law of Peace Center in Liverpool


(LIVERPOOL, NY – October 9, 2017): As part of a statewide commemoration of the Erie Canal’s 200th anniversary, the Skä•noñh - Great Law of Peace Center in Liverpool will host a lecture on the impact of the canal on the Haudenosaunee, Saturday, October 21 at 1:00 p.m.

Reflections on Erie’s Waters is a collaboration between the Erie Canal Museum and the Canal Society of New York State to commemorate the waterway’s bicentennial and examine its legacy and future through diverse viewpoints. Reflections presents an inclusive view of the Erie Canal, examines its relevance and importance and heightens awareness of its historical impact, current significance and future potential through a series of workshops, lectures and exhibits.


In their lecture, The Sacred Waters of the Haudenosaunee and the Trauma of the Erie Canal, Philip P. Arnold of Syracuse University and Jake Edwards of the Onondaga Nation will examine how the canal disrupted the native people and their relationship to the land.

The Haudenosaunee (Ho dee noe sho nee) is a confederacy comprised of six northeast American nations: the Onondaga, Mohawk, Oneida, Seneca, Cayuga and Tuscarora. The word means “people of the longhouse” and is preferred to the French term, Iroquois.

Philip P. Arnold is Associate Professor and Chair of the Religion Department at Syracuse University as well as core faculty in Native American and Indigenous Studies. He is the founding director of the Skä•noñh - Great Law of Peace Center, and a founding member of Neighbors of the Onondaga Nation (NOON). He is the author of several books on indigenous people and religions.


Jake Edwards is a citizen of the Onondaga Nation and sits on the Council of Chiefs. He has an extensive knowledge of the Haudenosaunee environmental history, and often speaks throughout the world on Haudenosaunee values.

The Skä•noñh - Great Law of Peace Center is a Haudenosaunee Heritage Center focused on telling the story of the native peoples of central New York through the lens of the Onondaga Nation. The Onondagas, or People of the Hills, are the keepers of the Central Fire and are the spiritual and political center of the Haudenosaunee. Skä•noñh is an Onondaga welcoming greeting meaning “Peace and Wellness.”


The Erie Canal Museum in downtown Syracuse collects and conserves Canal material, champions an appreciation and understanding of Erie Canal history through educational programming, and promotes an awareness of the Canal's transforming effects on the past, present and future. The Museum is open from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Saturday and 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday. Admission is free with a suggested $5 donation. For more information on the Reflections on Erie’s Waters program, contact Vicki Krisak,
Director of Communications and Outreach, Erie Canal Museum, vicki@eriecanalmuseum.org, (315) 471-0593, ext. 15, or visit the Erie Canal Museum website Eriecanalmuseum.org.


Reflections on Erie’s Waters is supported by the New York State Council on the Arts, with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

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Undergraduate Open House

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Oct 24, 2017, 7:00 PM-8:00 PM

Hall of Languages 105

Organized by Dimple Dhanani, Lindsay Zerfas, & Sponsored by the Undergraduate Program of the Department of Religion

Undergraduate Student Reception for students  who are currently majors or minors or are interested in having a major or minor in religion. Come and meet other students who are majors or minors in relgion and learn more about the study of religion.

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Ethnographic Collaborations: Making History with a Mapuche Thunder Shaman in Chile

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Oct 31, 2017, 5:00 PM-7:00 PM

Kilian Room, Hall of Languages

Deb Pratt / dpratt@syr.edu

Professor Ana Mariella Bacigalupo's research has focused on cultural transformation and systems of knowledge, and power—all from the perspective of Mapuche shamans from Chile and Argentina, their communities, and their critics. Her publications include numerous articles and five books – most recently Thunder Shaman: Making History with Mapuche Spirits in Chile and Patagonia (University of Texas Press, 2016). Professor Bacigalupo has received an extraordinary number of fellowships and honors including: a John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship, a Max Planck Fellowship, a Radcliffe Institute Fellowship, a School of Advanced Research fellowship, a National Humanities Center fellowship, a Rockefeller Fellowship, a Rockefeller Bellagio Fellowship, a National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship, an American Association of University Women Fellowship, and many more.

A light supper will be served following Professor Bacigalupo’s presentation.

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Faculty Colloquia Prof. Gareth Fisher

Nov 7, 2017, 6:30 PM-8:30 PM

320 Hall of Languages

Deborah Pratt

Tuesday, November 7 6:30-8:30pm
Presenter: Gareth Fisher
Respondent: Ken Frieden
RSVP required.

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2018 Meeting of the Eastern International Region of the American Academy of Religion

Apr 14, 2018, 8:00 AM-8:00 PM

501 Hall of Languages

Dr. James W. Watts / jwwatts@syr.edu

The 2018 Meeting will be held at Syracuse University, Saturday-Sunday, April 14–15. Conference theme and call for papers will be available later in the fall. Eastern International Region of the American Academy of Religion / www.eiraar.net.