Text reads: Ganondagan. Iroquois Creation Story & Art. Saturday, August 7, 2021. Image of storyteller, Perry Ground and artist rendering of the twins Skyholder and Flint

8/7 Iroquois Creation Story & Art

Saturday, August 7th. 10AM-3 PM

Individuals and families are invited to collectively paint a mural with the guidance of a large line drawing of the Iroquois Creation Story created by Seneca artist, G. Peter Jemison. Onondaga storyteller Perry Ground will tell the creation story and other stories at 10:30 AM and 1:30 PM while families are painting. The Indigenous Spirit Dancers will perform Iroquois Social Dances at 11:30 AM and 2:30 PM. There will also be Creation Story themed children's activities throughout the day centered on Skywoman, Sunflowers, and Turtles.

Come dressed to paint - stay for a short time or join us for the day. There's always something to experience at Ganondagan including - Seneca Art & Culture Center exhibits, Iroquois Creation Story film, Ganondagan Gift Shop, Seneca Bark Longhouse, Interpretive trails and gardens. 

The Event is FREE - There is an admission charge for the Seneca Art & Culture Center exhibits and film, and the Seneca Bark Longhouse

Ganondagan. Haudenosaunee Educators' Day. Tuesday, August 10th 9 AM- 4 PM. Image is a drawing depicting life in 17th century Seneca village, men and woman talking and working.

8/10 Educators' Day- SOLD OUT

Tuesday, August 10th; 9 AM- 4 PM

Friends of Ganondagan is pleased to announce the return of our Educator's Day! This program is perfect for teachers and educators to either get an introduction to Haudenosaunee history and culture or to refresh what they have already learned. This day-long program is ideal for elementary, middle and high school teachers who wish to gain an authentic understanding of Haudenosaunee (Native American) history and culture and comprehend U.S. history from the perspective of the original people of NYS. For more information and registration, please visit event page: Educator Day | Ganondagan

Earth Altars coming June 26- tree of peace made of hands

6/26 Ganondagan's Earth Altar Project

Starting Saturday, June 26th

Ganondagan’s Earth Altar Project is designed to help build bridges between diverse communities and individuals in the Greater Rochester area by honoring life, death, sorrow, healing, and celebration. 2020 was a year unlike any other. Our hope is that Ganondagan's Earth Altar Project will provide safe spaces for us to connect, understand and process our individual and shared experiences, reflecting on the hurdles we’ve overcome, celebrating the joy, and looking forward to the possibilities of a better future.

Ganondagan’s Earth Altar Project will feature 6 altars created by Haudenosaunee artists and naturalists. Altars will be on the trails at Ganondagan State Historic Site and locations will be shared via social media, (and on our website). 6 - 8 satellite (locations) altars around the city of Rochester and individual community altars on a shared social media page. Earth Altars throughout the city of Rochester will be created by those from the Black, Indigenous, Latinx, LGBTQ, Disabled, and Refugee communities, to name but a few. For more information please visit the Earth Altar Project event page.

Yoga at Ganondagan- Vinyassa on the Grasslands

Wednesday's at 6:30 PM & Friday's at 9:30 AM

Register through Victor Yoga Studio -

Weather permitting and done on the Grasslands at Ganondagan State Historic Site. 

Park across from Silverton Glen off of Maple (444) in Victor and follow the Yoga signs. Bring a blanket and/or yoga mat. 

Cartoon image of diverse people doing Tai Chi in front of bark longhouse

Tai Chi - Series

Tuesdays: 8/3, 8/17, 8/31, 9/14 and 9/28

11 AM-11:45 AM

Tai Chi is meditation-in-motion that brings relaxation, peace and balance to mind, body and spirit and can also send that same energy out in all directions to all beings. Join us for a series of classes that introduces people to the first several movements of a Yang-style form. 

Regular practice can develop inspiration, confidence and self-awareness, promote healthy breathing, improve vitality and cultivate harmony with Nature!

Instructor: Master Kathleen M. Gill, Ph.D. is a retired clinical psychologist with forty years of experience in stress management and health promotion. She was granted the title in 2014 by her Grandmaster William C. C. Chen. She tells her clients and students that the best method of relaxation is the one you practice every day - and taiji quan (Tai Chi) and qigong is that method for her.

Location: The class takes place in the back of the SACC up the stairs/right in front of the Earth Altar

Rain Location: Inside, in the SACC Auditorium (Meet outside at the Front Door and wait to be let in, as the Seneca Art & Culture Center isn’t open to the public on Tuesdays. If you are late and can't enter with the group please call the SACC front desk at 924-5848 to be let in)

Cost: Donation Based (suggested $5-$15) in support of Friends of Ganondagan

Participants should wear comfortable clothing and shoes