Hybrid event: on Facebook live for Indigenous Dance, Song, Speakers, Poetry and Market; until Lantern Ceremony at 7:15pm when it will be an Interfaith Prayer Service both on Zoom and livestreaming on Facebook. People with masks and physical distancing can come after 7:30 to the Japanese Garden behind the Buffalo History Museum for the Toro Nagashi/Japanese Lantern Ceremony if they wish.
You’ll be able to watch it on Facebook live, at https://www.facebook.com/pg/TheBuffaloHistoryMuseum/posts/?ref=page_internal
The Interfaith Prayer Service and Toro Nagashi/Japanese Lantern Ceremony, held 7:15 to dusk, will also be on The Buffalo History Museum ZOOM (https://zoom.us/j/94367842616…
Passcode: 735284). You can also come with masks and physical distancing to the Japanese Garden on Lake Muir behind the History Museum for this latter service (not for the 4-7pm period).
Here is a simple video on how to make your own Japanese Lantern for the Toro Nagashi Ceremony – only difference is you can commemorate those who have passed on by writing their names on the/a bag, choosing from persons you have lost, those lost to the nuclear bombs, racism (Black Lives Matter!), COVID, cancer, children and others who died at the Border, and more. (A list of those who died in the Erie County Holding Center is below.) The ceremony will be an Interfaith Prayer Service. Here is an instructional video for people with a woodworking component, (See 7:30pm in Agenda below). You can float it on your own where convenient or just as it is without floating it, as mentioned above. Most important is your intention, focus, and feeling.
The August 9 event celebrates the United Nations’ Declaration on Indigenous Peoples Rights to exist with prior, free and informed consent. We celebrate by acknowledging an oldest continuing government in North America the Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) Confederacy- the Seneca, Tuscarora, Cayuga, Onondaga, Oneida and Mohawk. We’ll start and end with the traditional Haudenosaunee Ganonyok, and have much singing and dancing, as well as multiple speakers – and Poet Jillian Hanesworth!
August 9, 2020 Schedule (Virtual)
*Schedule Subject to Change*
4:00 pm Ganonyok, by Laticia McKnaughton Pattison Mohawk (The Buffalo History Museum Facebook Page)
4:10 pm Ganonyok –Greeting and Thanksgiving English Translation by Agnes Williams, Seneca Wolf Clan with the Indigenous Women’s Initiatives (The Buffalo History Museum Facebook Page)
4:20 pm Welcome to The Buffalo History Museum with Melissa Brown Director (The Buffalo History Museum Facebook Page)
4:30 pm Haudenausaunee (Iroquois) singing, dancing, and narration with Gaehnew Printup- Tuscarora Beaver Clan, Marty Jimerson Jr.- Seneca Beaver Clan, Heath Hill Oneida Wolf Clan, Nicole Hill- Seneca Snipe Clan and Hareeta Printup- Tuscarora Beaver. (The Buffalo History Museum Facebook Page)
5:00 pm Jillian Hanesworth, Poet, speaking on Black Lives Matter. (The Buffalo History Museum Facebook Page)
5:30 pm Haudenausaunee (Iroquois) singing, dancing, and narration with Gaehnew Printup- Tuscarora Beaver Clan, Marty Jimerson Jr.- Seneca Beaver Clan, Heath Hill Oneida Wolf Clan, Nicole Hill- Seneca Snipe Clan and Hareeta Printup- Tuscarora Beaver. (The Buffalo History Museum Facebook Page)
6:00 pm Powerpoint with Narration by Diane D’Arrigo, Chemist and Environmentalist with the Nuclear Information Resource Service, Washington D.C. and on the Sierra Club Nuclear Free Campaign core team.
6:20 pm Haudenausaunee (Iroquois) singing, dancing, and narration with Gaehnew Printup- Tuscarora Beaver Clan, Marty Jimerson Jr.- Seneca Beaver Clan, Heath Hill Oneida Wolf Clan, Nicole Hill- Seneca Snipe Clan and Hareeta Printup- Tuscarora Beaver. (The Buffalo History Museum Facebook Page)
6:40 pm Nekanehsakt: Friends of Ekwehewe’ Nate Buckley reads the mission and introduces Joe Hill- Seneca-Turtle Clan Esq . Joe Hill speaks to statues, name changes, and mascot issues.
7:10: Interfaith Prayer Service with WNY Peace Center and the Interfaith Peace Network, for lives lost to disease, war, police brutality, nuclear development. (https://zoom.us/j/94367842616?pwd=S0hSU0FGWUFyOWcycGR2aExvZUlVdz09Passcode: 735284)
7:15 Rabbi Jonathan Freirich, Rabbi at Temple Beth Zion
7:20 Rev Denise Walden, Redeeming Love Ministries, Christian
7:25 Hindu song “Jo kuch hai so tu hi hai”/All that exists art Thou (by Jafar; in Hindi) V. Ross, WNYPC & Interfaith Peace Network
7:30 Dr. Khalid Qazi, Muslim Public Affairs Council, Masjid AnNoor
7:35 Bhante Chipamung, Theravada Buddhist Monk
7:40 Bruce and Denise Strassburg, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (Mormon)
Gehnew Printup, Tuscarora- singing
Jun-San Yasoda, chanting Na Mu Myo Mho Ho Ren GE Kyo….til dark and lanterns are all floating on Lake Muir.
7:30 pm Launching of Lanterns on Muir Lake by Nate and John Buckley
8:00 pm Ganonyok, by Laticia McKnaughton Pattison Mohawk (The Buffalo History Museum Facebook Page)
8:10 pm NA MU MYO HO REN GE KYO chanting by Gyojun Yasuda, Buddhist Nun with Grafton Peace Pagoda. (https://zoom.us/j/94367842616?pwd=S0hSU0FGWUFyOWcycGR2aExvZUlVdz09
The Interfaith Prayer service is part of a Toro Nagashi/Japanese Lantern Ceremony that will be commemorating persons we have lost – those lost to the nuclear bombs at Hiroshima and Nagasaki 75 years ago, those lost to racism (Black Lives Matter), COVID, cancer, children and others who have died at the border, and more. We plan to have bags that include the people who died at the Erie County
Nathan Frailey, 53
Marlon Clay, 35
Michael G. Roberts, 49
Joseph Balbuzoski, 37
Robert J. Henchen, 42
Joann L. Jesse, 48
John Reardon, 53
Marguerite Arrindell, 54
Adam Murr, 31
Daniel Nye, 26
Jeremy Kiekbush, 29
Keith John, 26
Rakim Scriven, 18
Trevell Walker, 36
Lester J. Foster, 47
Kristian Woods, 40
Edward Berezowski, 54
Patrick Yale, 49
Richard A. Metcalf Jr., 35
RosieLee Yvette Mendez, 26
David Liddick, 42
India Cummings, 27
Vincent Sorrentino, 31
David Stitt, 63
Michael J. Girard, 33
Joseph E. Bialaszewski, 29
Connell Burrell, 44
Daniel Spicola, 40
Robert Ingalsbe, 33
Also there are also a number of people who’ve died at the hands of (or shot by) the Buffalo Police: Wardell “Meech” Davis, Jose Hernandez-Rossy, and Raphael “Pito” Rivera, and Marcus Neal. We also commemorate those lost to racism and police violence, including George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Tamir Rice, and Eric Garner, among the so many tragically murdered. We pray for them, for their families, and for us all.