Aya Yamamoto is a recent graduate of the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry and was one of the primary organizers of the Two Row Wampum Renewal Campaign (TRWRC).
In commemoration of the 400th anniversary of the first treaty made between the Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) and the Dutch, the TRWRC coordinated a two-week-long journey of solidarity down the Hudson River. Hundreds of people, native and non-native, paddled over one hundred miles from Albany to New York City embodying their commitment to honoring native treaties and protecting the Earth for future generations. Thousands of community members joined the flotilla on the banks of the Hudson River, supporting the campaigns mission of honoring native treaties and protecting the earth.
In the two years preceding this event, Yamamoto acted as community organizer, educator, and author, helping to build a network of thousands of supporters and over 80 cosponsoring organizations. She has been featured as a speaker at educational and community events and has presented at the University of Buffalo’s Indigenous and American Studies Storyteller’s Conference and Imagining America’s 2013 National Conference.
Contributions to Humans & Nature:
- Go Ask the Plants: Guidance from the Earth in This Time of Uncertainty
A response to “What does Earth ask of us?”