We feel so at home here at Kanatsiohareke that we can scarcely believe that it has only been two days! :)
We began the day by exploring some of the most amazing sites relating to Native American history that this area has to offer. Caughnawaga is one of the best preserved Iroquois site in the world! Here, around 350 Turtle Clan members were forced to leave their land in 1693 because of the Clinton Sullivan Campaign that aimed to rid New York State of all Native mericans. Next we ventured on to the Shrine of Kateri. What's that you ask? Well, Kateri was a Mohawk woman who allegedly converted to Catholicism and helped many sick people. This upcoming Fall, she will be canonized as the first Native American Catholic Saint! Next, we quite literally got our feet wet when we visited the river that Kanatsiohareke got it's name from.
We returned back to the work site and spent the afternoon fixing fences, staining wood for the arbor, splitting wood for firewood and sorting "paint" (or at least what we thought was paint, but turned out to be frosting!!!). Apparently someone thought it was a good idea to leave a bucket full of PINK frosting next to pink paint cans in the basement... We mean, where else do you store pink frosting, but in a 200 year old basement? :) We'd describe what it was like, but our words would be futile. You should watch the video and really think about the next time you eat a Twinkie. :)
Well, a warm bonfire and toasty S'mores await us outside! Stay tuned for our amazing future adventures tomorrow!
Teri and Elisa