15th Annual - Native American Winter Games

Saturday, February 24, 2018 - 10 am to 4 pm
Event will take place with or without snow

Free and Open to the public
Suggested donation $10 per family

During the long harsh winters in Western New York, the Seneca nestled in their bark longhouses to repair clothing, make tools and prepare for the spring. Despite the winter weather, Senecas remained active throughout the season. Many of the winter activities that traditionally occupied them outdoors are still in practice today.

Join us for Ganondagan's Native American Winter Games as a way to celebrate and discover the Seneca ways of winter through traditional Native American activities! PLUS...Visit the Seneca Art & Culture Center at Ganondagan as our guest. Enjoy complimentary admission to the Seneca Art & Culture Center at Ganondagan!

Activities & Schedule

Dog Sledding Demonstrations 
Experience the thrill of watching a dog sled team racing across the snow.
Location: Outside    Time: 11 AM - 1:30 PM
Snow Boats - Back by popular demand!
Seneca people would make solid wooden “boats” and race them down hills for fun. (Think of the “Pinewood Derby” from scouting) Channels would be made in the snow, one for each boat and then released four at a time down the snowy hills. 

A few loaner boats will be available for you to try out – but why not create your own snow-boat and bring it for a test run at Winter Games? Click on the link for plans and instructions to make your own snow boat.

Location: Outside  Field   Time: 11 AM- 3 PM

Enjoy the rare chance to try your hand at the game of Snowsnake, a Haudenosaunee sport steeped in tradition.

Location: Outside   Time: 11 AM- 3 PM

Snow shoeing
Ganondagan has a limited number of snow shoes available for our guests to borrow. If you have your own snow shoes be sure to bring them! Identification is required to borrow snow shoes with a 1 hour limit.

Location: Outside   Time: 11 AM- 3 PM

Iroquois Social Dancing
Come see the Allegany River Indian Dancers perform traditional Iroquois Social dances and songs!
Location: Auditorium   Times: 11:30 AM & 2:30 PM
Join popular storyteller, Perry Ground (Turtle Clan, Onondaga) for traditional Haudenosaunee stories.
Location: Auditorium   Time: 12:15 PM & 3:15 PM
Wampum Learning Center
See a variety of wampum belts, learn their meanings, how they are made, and how they are still culturally significant today.
Location: Classroom 1   Time: 10 AM - 4 PM
Book Signing- "Under A Kindred Moon"
Jo Lynn Stresing will be available to sign copies of her collection of  Siberian Husky tales and original illustrations. Books will be available for purchase in the Ganondagan Gift Shop. 
Location: Lobby   Time: 2 PM- 3 PM
Wampum Bracelet Craft - "Make and Take"
Learn how to make your own wampum bracelet using a small splint loom. Appropriate for 4th grade and up.

Location: Classroom 1   Time: 11 AM & 1 PM

Whitetail Deer Uses
Learn about the many uses of the Whitetail deer.
Location: Lobby   Time: 10 AM - 4 PM

Children's Activities
Children of all ages are welcome to do children's crafts.

Location: Classroom 2    Time: 11 AM - 3 PM

Native Foods
Delicious Iroquois White Corn inspired food and traditional fare, available for purchase.

Location: Lobby   Time: 11 AM - 2:30 PM

Iroquois Creation Story Film & Gallery Tours
If you haven't had the opportunity to see our award winning short film, the Iroquois Creation Story, or to tour our gallery then today is great day to see them both!

Location: Orientation Theater & Gallery   Time: 10 AM - 4 PM

Special Workshop- Furry Friends & Tales  -SOLD OUT
Come and listen to Native American stories related to the Turtle then build your own turtle to bring home and show to you friends! Appropriate for 2nd grade and up, younger children welcome with parent assistance. Parent supervision required for all children.

Pre-registration required, maximum of 10 students for the session. $18 for general public, $15 for current Friends of Ganondagan

 Time: 1:30 PM- SOLD OUT! 



Thank you to our generous sponsors who made this event possible: