If you have driven on the New York State Thruway over the last couple of months, you may have seen teepees placed in a field on the west bound side. While they will be taking them down soon, they have stood for a very important reason since November.

The history of New York State can't be understood without the importance of the stories of the Native American and Indigenous people that have lived on this land for generations. Part of that history is being recognized with this impressive display that is known as the Passage of Peace.

NewYorkUpstate.com notes that:

Returning for its second year, the Passage of Peace art installation created by the Oneida Indian Nation was illuminated this week to spotlight the repercussions of Indian Boarding Schools.

The teepees will be taken down soon. It was pretty incredible to see them standing so tall and proud as we drove back to Western New York from our trip to The Tug Hill region. We are blessed to live in such a beautiful area with so many natural resources. There are so many lessons that we still need to learn and understand about the history of where we live. One of the lessons is that our earth and the land around us is beautiful.

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