PREPARATIONS ARE MADE
February 2014 – Dates were tentatively set for August 4-10, 2014. August 4 was to do the tobacco burning in Tyendinaga. August 5 – Bob Antone to do decolonization workshop, August 6-10 Leroy would start the recital, with the possibility of Tracey doing the translation. Richard suggested that a representative for each of the nations be present during the tobacco burning. Sid and Leroy were to find the history on the belts. Roles and Responsibilities were discussed as well as clan meetings and family lines, and how we need to start bringing the families back to their rightful lines. It was also suggested that research be done about the belts and have the young men do the teachings and invite them to the next meeting. Sid to bring the belts Onondaga has and it was suggested that Leroy ask for the ones that Six Nations holds. Then do to a community to community teaching on these belts let the people see them. Let the people know that the do exist and the belts are real because a lot of our people do not know about this history.
March 2014 – Approval was given by the farm owner to do that tobacco burning. Date change requested but Bob Antone to coincide with the moon cycles. Sid present the meeting with one belt, Leroy explained it was denied to bring the belts Six Nations holds to the meetings. “As long as we believe in our ways and our story we can be stronger. Stand together and protect each other.” Sid Hill brought forward the idea of bringing the belts to Tonawada for teachings. It was also stated by Howard Elijah that the teachings are not being done the way they should be to the young people. Dates have been changed and confirmed for July 27 – August 1, 2014 in Onondaga NY. Also suggested to start from where it was left off in Oneida.