By Glenn Coin
About 100 paddlers arrived at Pier 96, which is at 57th Street, said Andy Mager, one of the organizers.
"They paddled against quite a strong current to arrive in New York to a cheering crowd of 500 to 700 people," he said. After a "spirited march" across Manhattan, he said, about 150 people arrived at the United Nations building to celebrate the International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples.
The Two Row campaign marks the 400th anniversary of an agreement between Dutch settlers and the Haudenosaunee, or Iroquois, people. The wampum, or belt, depicts two parallel rows of beads signifying that the two peoples would co-exist together and not interfere in each other's affairs.
Below: "Dutch Consul-General Rob de Vos accepts a peace pipe today made by Haudenosaunne craftsmen from Onondaga Nation Faithkeeper Oren Lyons. The event marked the end of the Two Row Wampum campaign paddle down the Hudson River." (Lindsay Speer)