Exploring Haudenosaunee Art - Living History Event

September 24, 2015 - 10am - 4pm
 Immerse yourself in the rich Haudenosaunee culture, heritage and traditions through story telling, Iroquois Social Dancing, and traditional & contemporary arts. Get transported back in time by Haudenosaunee re-enactors. 
Watch the creative process and craftsmanship of our skilled demonstrators in basket making, beadwork, pottery, moccasin making, and cornhusk doll making.
Enjoy participatory performances by our Iroquois Social Dancers, and experience the creation of environmental installations by artists including Tom Huff, (Seneca/ Cayuga) and our special, interactive water art project. And don't forget our traditional games of lacrosse, hoop & javelin and longball.  

Visitors will also have the opportunity to purchase work from our artists. 

Demonstrations by traditional Haudenosaunee Artists
Basketmaking - Tonia Loran (Akwesansne Mohawk Bear Clan)
Moccasin Making - Samantha Jacobs (Seneca, Turtle Clan), bio
Beadworking - Mary Claus (Mohawk, Bear Clan), bio
Pottery Making, Michael Jones (Onondaga/Seneca Descent), bio
Cornhusk work, Ronnie Reitter (Seneca, Wolf Clan), bio
Lacrosse Stick Making, Alfie Jacques (Onondaga, Turtle Clan), bio

Enjoy two performances of awe-inspiring Iroquois Social Dancing with a participatory program component

Watch, listen and learn as contemporary artists, Tom Huff (Seneca/Cayuga), Natasha Smoke Santiago (Akwesasne Mohawk) and G. Peter Jemison (Seneca) create environmental installations at Ganondagan

"Stories in Stone", Syracuse Times - Featuring Tom Huff

Participate in our special, interactive water art project created by Ganondagan Youth Leadership team, led by Michael Galban (Washoe Paiute) Artists 

Get ready to be fascinated by innovative, eco-friendly medium used to create
meaningful art!

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


Time Location Description
 9:45 am Front Plaza Opening Address & Orientation - Peter Jemison
10 am - 4 pm   Traditional Art Demonstrations:
  Tent #1 Moccasin making with Samantha Jacobs
  Tent #1 Beadworking with Mary Claus
  Tent #1 - am Basketmaking with Tonia Galban 
  Tent #1 - pm Cornhusk work with Ronnie Reitter
  Tent #2 Lacrosse Stick making with Alfie Jacques
  Tent #2 Pottery making with Michael Jones
10:30 am & 3:15 pm Bark Longhouse Storytelling: Stories about Water 
10:30 - 11:30 am Field Hoop & Javelin
1 - 2 pm Field Longball
3 - 4 pm Field Lacrosse Toss
    Auditorium Activities:
11:30 - noon & 2:30 - 3 pm SACC Auditorium  Iroquois Social Dance Performance - 30 minute duration
12:30 pm SACC Auditorium  "Paya" (37 min) A Documentary Film by Jenna Cavelle, the untold story of Pauite Indian water practices and history in the context of an ongoing 150 year California Water War. 
    Ongoing Activities:
10 am - 4 pm Turtle Mound
(See map for other locations)
Contemporary Art Projects and Installations - Art in Progress
10 am - 4 pm Plaza Water Art Project


10 am - 4 pm Bark Longhouse Seneca Bark Longhouse Interpretation with Reenactors and Ganondagan Staff
10 am - 4 pm SACC Seneca Art & Culture Center Gallery 
11 am - 2 pm  SACC  Food for Purchase
10 am - 4 pm SACC lobby Informational tables

Other Event Attractions - Free with Event Admission:

  • Admission to the Seneca Art & Culture Center, including gallery and Iroquois Creation Story Film
  • Admission to the Seneca Bark Longhouse
  • Guided Trail Walks
  • Admission to the Ganondagan Gift Shop is always free!


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

This event is made possible by the generous support of Rochester Area Community Foundation and support from Ongweoweh Corporation. 


Ganondagan Map for Living History 2016