Image Credits: Kevin Vickers and Norm AnnisImage Credits: Norm Annis & Kevin Vickers

Gifts of the Haudenosaunee - Living History Event

September 23, 2017 - 10am - 4pm

Immerse yourself in the rich gifts of Haudenosaunee culture, heritage, and traditions including:

  • Demonstrations of open-pit pottery firing and basketmaking
  • Venison stew-making with free samples
  • Reenactors in the Bark Longhouse
  • Iroquois Social Dancing 
  • Traditional Storytelling
  • Guided Trail Walks    
  • Kids 9-16 can participate in Seneca Jr. Olympics: a pentathlon of archery, atlatl throw, javelin, lacrosse relay and tumpline race (Please register at Main Admission Gate, 25 participant limit per session)

Admission is $8/adults; $5/members, seniors, and students with ID; and free for children five and younger. Admission includes all activities, the Seneca Art & Culture Center exhibits, film, and gift shop, tour of the Seneca Bark Longhouse, and guided trail walks.


Sample Traditional Foods

11 AM-2 PM

Give venison stew a try this year! Cooking demonstrations and free samples will be available.

Seneca Junior Olympics

11 AM & 2 PM

Come to Ganondagan and compete in a Seneca Pentathlon! All kids ages 9-16 yrs of age can try their hand in five events: Archery, Atlatl throw, Javelin, Lacrosse relay, and Tumpline race. No previous experience is required:

  • Archery – competitors will use the standard accuracy target and wooden longbows for points
  • Atlatl throw – athletes will use this ancient spear-throwing tool for accuracy
  • Javelin – competitors will try their hand at hitting a rolling target for points
  • Lacrosse relay – participants will learn to cradle and throw the ball in a timed relay
  • Tumpline race – competitors will race the clock with a small bundle of furs (10lbs max) carried by tumpline from the forehead.

Registration required at Main Admission Gate, at least 15 minutes prior to session.  25 participant limit for each session.

Traditional Arts Demonstrations

10 AM- 12 PM, 1 PM - 3:30 PM  Pottery Demonstrations with Peter B. Jones

10 AM - 11:30 AM, 12:30 PM- 3:30 PM Basket Making Demonstrations with Tonia Galban

Come and see open-pit pottery firing and traditional basket making! Try your hand at splint pounding at the basket making demonstration area.

Iroquois Social Dancing

11:30 AM & 2:30 PM

Come inside the Seneca Art & Culture Center and see Iroquois Social Dancing performed in the Auditorium!

Traditional Storytelling

10:30 AM & 3:15 PM

Come to the Seneca Art & Culture Center Auditorium to listen to traditional stories. 

Admission Prices

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


Parking is on-site. Handicapped parking is available at the Seneca Art & Culture Center.

This event was made possible with the generous support of the Rochester Area Community Foundation