Gifts of the Haudenosaunee

Gifts of the Haudenosaunee
Living History Event
September 26, 2015 - 10am - 4pm
Ganondagan State Historic Site, Victor, NY

This year children will engage in activities experiencing authentic teaching and learning reinforcing the important ideals of women’s rights, food sovereignty, democracy and the vital message of peace. Nationally recognized lecturer, author and interpreter of women’s rights, Sally Roesch Wagner will join Jeanne Shenandoah (Onondaga), to share the broad influence Haudenosaunee women had on the development of the Women’s Rights Movement, democracy and social justice. 

Students and families will experience the profound understanding the Haudenosaunee had on the principles of peace and freedom. Guided by Peter Jemison (Seneca), Ganondagan State Historic Site Manager, they will learn how the Peacemaker’s teachings stressed the power of reason to assure righteousness, justice, and health and gain an understanding of how the Great Law of Peace includes freedom of speech, freedom of religion, and the right of women to participate in government. 

The important aspect of culture, tradition and food will be brought to life at the Living History event through hands on opportunities to wash, pound and sift Iroquois White Corn, a traditional process that in may ways is alive today.  Traditionally, protein rich Iroquois White Corn was eaten at almost every meal. Easily stored and preserved, corn was dried for later use as hominy and ground into corn flour using mortars and pestles. As Native American people work to reclaim their power in the food system, they are rebuilding their relationship between people and the land, bringing their indigenous food back into their diet. 


Adults $5
Current Friends of Ganondagan Members $3
Seniors (62+) $3
Students (6 - 18 years) $3
Children (5 or younger) Free


Time Location Description
 10 am White Tent  Opening Address & Orientation - Peter Jemison
 10:30 - 11:00 am Main Grounds  Traditional Arts & Activities 
 11:30 am White Tent  Formation of the Iroquois Confederacy - Peter Jemison
 12:00 - 12:30 pm Main Grounds  Traditional Arts & Activities
 1 pm White Tent  Agriculture and the Role of Haudenosaunee Women - Jeanne Shenandoah
 1:30 - 2 pm Main Grounds  Traditional Arts & Activities
 2:30 pm  White Tent  Haudenosaunee Women's Influence on the Suffragettes - Sally Roesch Wagner
3 - 3:30 pm Main Grounds Traditional Arts & Activities
 4 pm   Closing Address - Peter Jemison
Activities Main Grounds  Hoop & Javelin, Long Ball, Archery
1:30 - 2:30 pm
3 - 4 pm
Main Grounds  Seneca Lacrosse
 Traditional Art White Tent  Corn Husk Weaving - Ronnie Reitter
10:30 - 11:30 am
12 - 1 pm
 White Tent  Arrow Making - Mike Galban
  Bark Longhouse  Corn Pounding & Sifting - Tonia Loran
10 - 12 pm
1 - 4 pm
Main Grounds  Trading Post - Harvey Limbeck
10 - 12 pm
1 - 4 pm 
Bark Longhouse Life in the Bark Longhouse
11:30 am - 
2:30 pm
Main Grounds  Corn Soup, Vegetarian Chili, Corn Bread -  Available for purchase 

Other Event Attractions - Ganondagan State Historic Site Programs

Throughout the entire festival the Visitor's Center will showcase various historical and cultural videos. These screenings are FREE.

Guided Trail Walks will be held throughout the festival. Experienced trail guides will share the beauty and history of the site with festival goers. These trail walks are FREE with festival admission. 17th Century Seneca Bark Longhouse Tours will be on-going throughout the entire festival. Site interpreters will share information on the history of the site and on Haudenosaunee culture. These tours are FREE with festival admission.

Parking & Driving Directions

Follow festival signs on Rte. 96 in Victor and follow signs to Ganondagan State Historic Site. Parking is on-site. Handicapped parking is also available at the Historic Site. There is Festival Grounds Shuttle Service for the elderly and handicapped. Please refer to the directions link below for driving directions/map to the Ganondagan State Historic Site. Ganondagan Directions/Map

Special Needs

Some performances will be interpreted for the hearing-impaired and deaf event attendees. Additional event activities/programs are interpreted as requested. See details in admissions tent.