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“In building the Longhouse we are making the connection between the sky (our true Longhouse) and the Earth. It will be a place of teaching about our creation stories and principles of living in harmony as they were given to our people in the original Good Message and reinforced by the Great Law of Peace." — Kanerahtiio Roger Jock


A message to our volunteers...

Your time, presence and support is valuable and we say niawenhkó:wa (a big thank you) to each and every one of you. It is because of you that the Kanien'kehá:ka Return to Ancestral Homelands Movement can continue on. We are in the process of planning an appreciation meal and social in honor of all of our volunteers. (Date: TBD) Stay connected for further updates. 

Construction & Festival Production


Volunteer Information Session - Thursday July 13th 6pm EST

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We are in need of volunteers to help us with Festival construction, production and weekend assistance throughout the festival 

We encourage all volunteers to come prior to evening of Friday July 28th (July 26th-27th) to assist in set-up and the arrival of people. If you are unable to join us early, your assistance is still encouraged and appreciated. Throughout the festival, it'll allow things to flow easier if volunteers know one another to assist in coordination. Your time is valuable and we thank you for assisting us! Nia:wen for your support! 


Volunteer Department Info:

Greet/Register Guests- Greeters will assist in welcoming gusts via the WUA booth. Tasks include checking in  registered guests via name, registering any guests arriving who may have not filled out this form, ensuring those who purchased tickets receive their gift of gratitude, guiding campers to campsites, generally assisting attendees in any way needed


Parking- Volunteers will assist in guiding arriving vehicles to parking spaces in an organized manner. Additionally, guide guests to WUA Booth as needed.


Artist Liaisons- For this volunteer position, we encourage those who can volunteer for full day/full weekend to sign up. Volunteers will work closely with stage manager and assist artists. Tasks include keeping artists informed/updated on set-list, ensuring artists are informed/prepared for going on stage, and providing additional guidance for artists.


Security- Those who are willing to take a night shift are encouraged to sign up. Volunteers will assist in ensuring the safety of attendees. This includes helping to maintain a peaceful festival environment. Please be mindful of what this position includes while signing up.


Stage Manager- This space is limited to 2-3 people and those who are available to arrive early the week of the festival. Those who can volunteer the full festival are encouraged to sign up. Stage managers will work closely with artists, artist liaisons, tech/stage crew, and volunteer coordinators. Stage manager will ensure each performance is set up and prepared as needed (tech, lighting, sound check, etc.).


Vendor Coordinator- Volunteers will guide/assist food vendors in set-up, ensure all waste remains in designated garbage/recycling bins, and take care of full trash bags/trash upkeep.


Register for the event via our registration form to sign up.

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We are starting off this spring by preparing for our first berry season at the farm. There is much to do to prepare for the grand opening of the farm and farm stand, so we are calling for volunteers to assist with pruning the berry bushes and fruit trees.

In addition to pruning we will need help with weeding, harvesting, and picking traditional medicines as the weather gets warmer. Whether you have experience with these things, or an open mind to learn, all are welcome and encouraged to come and join us any day between the hours of 8am-sunset. We just ask that you fill out this google form prior to your arrival.

If you have any additional questions, feel free to email us! We look forward to seeing you!

 POLE STRIPPING POTLUCK PARTY! - starting again soon! 

We will start our Pole Stripping and Potluck gatherings at the Longhouse again soon! Please check back here or on our Facebook or Instagram pages for updates.

Come help strip the cedar poles that are being used for the construction of the Longhouse frame, bring food to share with the community that continues to grow, swim beneath a magical waterfall, move to the beautiful music of Bethany Yarrow, and most importantly be part of this powerful healing process at the Eastern Gate as we work together to help the Kanien'kehá:ka return to their ancestral homelands. 

Pole Stripping will begin @ 12pm

Swimming throughout the day

Community Potluck @ 3pm

Keep an eye out for upcoming announcements on additional Pole Stripping dates throughout the Summer and Fall. 

We invite you to be a part of this extraordinary opportunity to heal an original wound and work together to create a new story of healing and repair and a livable future for our children.


Kanerahtiio Roger Jock, a Kanien’kehá:ka leader from the Akwesasne Reserve, carries a vision of return for his people back to their ancestral lands in the Schoharie Valley of Central New York.


Kanerahtiio's work building a traditional Kanien’kehá:ka Longhouse has inspired people from all political stripes and backgrounds to come together to learn about the Great Law of Peace of the Haudenosaunee Confederacy and support a model of restorative justice and community-supported land reparations. 

Niawen to all of the beautiful people who have helped to bring this structure and symbol of peace to the Schoharie Valley. We put the first poles in the ground on September 13th, 2020 and have continued building and gathering community at the longhouse since then. We would love to see you again, give thanks and share some words and songs as we work together to build a new story of unity and hope at the Eastern Gate of Turtle Island. 

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