SU completes the 1st phase of the Onondaga art installation on Quad


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Syracuse University has completed the first phase of a new Onondaga art installation at the southeast corner of the Quad.

Following the request of Indigenous students on campus, the League has established the facility to permanently recognize the relationship between the Onondaga Nation and the League and the university’s presence on ancestral lands, according to a Thursday from SU News. Release.

The Syracuse Indigenous Students (ISAS), the League Indigenous Student Program, the Ongwehonwe Alumni Association, and Indigenous / Haudenosaunee Alumni representatives led the installation.

The first phase of the installation includes a newly planted white pine, which symbolizes the Great Law of Peace of the Haudenosaunee Confederacy. Around the tree are five granite pillars on the site, which represent the five original nations of the confederacy: Mohawk, Oneida, Onondaga, Cayuga and Seneca.


A temporary sign has also been installed next to the site, which will be replaced later this year with works of art commissioned by Brandon Lazore, an artist from the Onondaga Nation. The university plans to hold an official dedication and unveiling event in early 2022 after the artwork is installed, the statement said.

“I am delighted and honored to participate in this project,” Lazore said in the press release. “This is something that will be good for the community and for Indigenous peoples as a whole, not only in Syracuse but throughout the United States and Canada.”

On October 8, President Joe Biden officially recognized Monday as Indigenous Peoples Day in addition to Columbus Day. The student association of the League has spent a invoice Monday, officially recognizing Indigenous Peoples Day for the first time.

“We are grateful for Syracuse University’s commitment to dedicate permanent space on campus to educate through this incredible Onondaga artwork by Brandon Lazore,” Tadodaho Sidney Hill of the Haudenosaunee Confederacy said in the statement. Press. “The collaboration between the university and the Onondaga Nation continues to be strengthened through the mutual demonstration of peace, friendship and respect.

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