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Iroquois Creation Story Film Preview 

Thursday, July 9, 2015, 7pm at the Memorial Art Gallery Auditorium
500 University Ave, Rochester, NY

Tickets: $7/Friends of Ganondagan and Memorial Art Gallery Members, $10/non-members
Tickets available at the door starting at 6pm


The ancient Iroquois Creation Story, passed down through generations of 

Native American oral tradition, never before visualized on film, 

comes to life onscreen. 

This unique project is the result of a collaboration among Friends of Ganondagan,
Garth Fagan Dance and RIT's School of Film and Animation and G. Peter Jemison, the catalyst
and inspiration for the film's animation. 

Helping to tell the cinematic story are traditional Iroquois Social Dancers, Garth Fagan Dancers with narration by Grammy winning singer-songwriter Joanne Shenandoah (Oneida), voice overs by Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) actors, and original artwork by G. Peter Jemison. The music combines traditional Haudenosaunee singers and original music by composer Brent Michael Davids (Mohican). The 16 minute film will be a permanent feature in the Orientation Theater of the Seneca Art & Culture Center at Ganondagan opening October 3, 2015. 

This film's story is based on the words of Chief John Arthur Gibson (Seneca) who related this version to J.N.B. Hewitt in the 1880's, later annotated into The Iroquois Creation Story, The Myth of the Earth Grasper by John Mohawk (Seneca). According to oral tradition, far above earth in Sky World, the Great Celestial Tree providing light and food for the Sky World inhabitants begins to fade. The keeper of the tree dreams that the people uproot the Great Tree, renewing their world. When the Great Tree is uprooted, a large hole is produced through which a young pregnant woman falls, landing on the back of a turtle. A new world, Turtle Island, is created. Eventually, Sky Woman's grandsons, twins Flint and Sky Holder, create everything on the earth and then battle for control. The story has many truths that apply to contemporary society. 


6:00pm - Doors open, tickets available for purchase

6:00pm - 8:00pm - Tappas available at Max's at the Gallery

6:30pm: Auditorium opens for seating

7:00pm: Event begins with commentary, live dance and music performances from the film, followed by the Iroquois Creation Story film

For more information call: 585-742-1690

The Iroquois Creation Story film was made possible by the generous support of the Max and Marian Farash Charitable Foundation.