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New Exhibit- Hodinöhsö:ni’ Women: From the Time of Creation

The new Hodinöhsö:ni’ Women: From the Time of Creation exhibit shares the missing story of Native American women in United States history, their foundational role in equality for all women, and their continued contributions to society. Haudenosaunee women played and continue to play a significant cultural, historical and contemporary role within their community, and in the historical accomplishments of all women in the United States of America. 

May 1st- Seneca Bark Longhouse opens for the season

Open Tuesday- Sunday 10 AM- 4 PM

Our full size Seneca Bark Longhouse is open May 1st- October 31st. First opened in 1998 it is fully furnished to reflect a typical Seneca family from the late 1600's, complete with reproductions of 17th century Seneca object and colonial era trade goods.

May 19th- Lake of Betrayal screening & discussion led by filmmaker Paul Lamont

Saturday, 1:30 PM-3:30 PM

Lake of Betrayal explores the history of the Kinzua Dam on the Allegheny River in Pennsylvania and its impact on the Seneca Nation - the effects of which continue to be felt today. Completed in 1965, it was originally proposed to help mitigate flooding in the City of Pittsburg-200 miles downriver, but the 27-mile reservoir that formed behind it inundated vast tracts of Seneca ancestral lands, forcing their removal in breach of the Canandaigua Treaty of 1794, the oldest US-Indian treaty in effect. This film is narrated by Gary Farmer.

Cost: $6 General Admission/$5 for Friends of Ganondagan members

This film screening was generously sponsored by Hon. John C. Ninfo, II

Official Trailer

May 20th- "Our Messenger's the Birds"

Sunday, 10AM- 3PM – Guided Interpretive Walk/Meditation, Storytelling, & Beaded Bird Workshop

As participants walk the Earth is Our Mother trail Ganondagan interpreters will tell stories related to the birds and Julie Jugle will lead the pauses for reflection of the surroundings and meditation. After the walk, Ronnie Reitter will teach participants to make a beaded bird ornament as a reminder of the day. Dress appropriately for a walk and bring your own lunch and beverages.

Cost: $25 general public/$20 Friends of Ganondagan members (limited to 15 attendees)

Register by calling 585-742-1690

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Bird Workshop

June 2nd- Around the Table Conversations "Hodinöhsö:ni' Women from Creation to Today" 

Saturday, 1 PM - 3 PM

Join author Sally Roesch Wagner and Mohawk Clanmother, Louise McDonald for an open discussion on the spiritual, economic, social and political roles of Hodinöhsö:ni' and Euro-American Women. They will reflect on the largely ignored and untold, history of the impact Hodinöhsö:ni’ women had on the minds of the leaders of the Women’s Rights movement in the United States including, Matilda Joselyn Gage, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, and Susan B. Anthony. These and other women had direct and personal contact with Hodinöhsö:ni’ women which had a significant positive impact on their fight for equality.

Cost: $10/general public, $8 Friends of Ganondagan members

Call 585-742-1690 to purchase tickets

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This event is made possible by the generous support of Canandaigua National Bank & Trust  and Ongweoweh Corporation

June 3rd- Realizing Peace through the Natural World

Sunday, 10 AM - 4 PM,

Realizing Peace through the Natural World: Robin Kimmerer Presentation, Book Signing, Iroquois White Corn light lunch, Forest Therapy Nature Walk

This program will include a presentation by Dr. Robin Wall Kimmerer, Iroquois White Corn light lunch, and forest therapy nature walk. Kimmerer will engage attendees in an interactive presentation on “The Gifts of Plants” and will explore the ways in which the native plants offer us gifts of food, materials, medicine, and beauty. Kimmerer shares her understanding of how plants are our oldest teachers and encourages people to consider how humans can act in reciprocity, by giving our gifts to care for plants. An Iroquois White Corn light lunch will follow the discussion. The program will end with a forest therapy walk on Ganondagan's trails with as a way to engage participants in a full sensory experience with nature and create a deeper connection with the Earth.

Cost:  $40 general public, $35 Friends of Ganondagan members

Call 585-742-1690 to register and pay 

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Realizing Peace

Registrants: Please let us know if you plan on taking part in the 1-mile walk. Click here to email your response.

This event is made possible by the generous support of Canandaigua National Bank & Trust  and Ongweoweh Corporation 

June 6th- Docent Informational Meeting

Wednesday 6 PM- 7 PM

We're hosting a short informational meeting for potential new volunteer docents to learn about our program at the Seneca Art & Culture Center. Hear about our opportunity to learn and share the unique and fascinating stories of Ganondagan.

June 16th & 17th- Path Through History: Women of Ganondagan

Join us for a guided tour offered at the top of the hour from 10AM- 4PM. Your guide will be one of the Women of Ganondagan who will give a personal view of the new exhibit Hodinöhsö:ni’ Women: From the Time of Creation. Tour will include a viewing of Katsitsionni Fox’s short film Haudenosaunee Women & Women’s Suffragists: A Hidden History.

Free with admission to the Seneca Art & Culture Center

June 16 & 17- Traditional Arts Weekend: Pit-Fired Pottery with Natasha Smoke Santiago

10 AM - 4 PM

Natasha Smoke Santiago (Akwesasne Mohawk) will demonstrate traditional pit-fired pottery making, Saturday, June 16 and Sunday, June 17, 10 am - 4 pm. Traditional hand built Iroquois pottery, also known as earthenware, is fired at very low heat.
Free with admission to the Seneca Art & Culture Center

June 30th- Charlie's Old Goat Run

Saturday, June 30th- 9AM

A community of cross country runners will gather again at Ganondagan State Historic Site to take on the demanding “Charlie’s Old Goat Run.” This challenging five-mile (plus or minus) trail race leads runners through hills, streams, rocky outcroppings, slippery mud boardwalks, forests, and lush meadows. It showcases the camaraderie and beauty of off-road running while giving back to the community. Part of the proceeds help maintain Ganondagan’s trails that are free and open to the public year round.

Click here for more information and race registration.

July 28 & 29- Native American Dance & Music Festival

Nowhere else in the area can you experience the incredible diversity of our living Native American culture. Experience traditional Iroquois Social Dancing, contemporary Native American musicians, artisans, vendors, food and more!

September 22nd- Living History

10 AM- 4 PM

Immerse yourself in Haudenosaunee culture at Ganondagan! Come and see demonstrations, listen to traditional storytelling, and participate in activities. More details to come!

 Photo Credit: Alex Hamer

November 11th- Canandaigua Treaty Commemoration

The commemoration of the Canandaigua Treaty will take place on November 11 on the front lawn of the Ontario County Court House on Main Street in Canandaigua, New York. Please join us for a time of Peace and Friendship to commemorate a very important Treaty between the people of the United States of America and the Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) people.  
This event is Free and open to the public