During the long harsh winters in Western New York, the Seneca people nestled in their bark longhouses to repair clothing, make tools and prepare for the spring.
Despite the winter weather, Seneca people 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 Winter Games & Sports 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
Snow Boats - New this year!
Seneca people would make solid wooden “boats” and race them down hills for fun. (Think of the “Pinewood Derby” from scouting) They would make channels in the snow, one for each boat and then release them four at a time down the snowy hills.
We will have a few loaner boats 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.
Enjoy the rare chance to try your hand at the game of Snowsnake, a Haudenosaunee sport steeped in tradition.
Friends of 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.
Dog Sledding Demonstrations
Experience the thrill of watching a dog sled team racing across the snow.
Listen to traditional Haudenosaunee legends and stories.
Make and take a winter bird feeder, host by Ganondagan's Conservation Team!
View live demonstrations of crafts practiced by Native people during the winter season.
Taste warm, delicious authentic Native foods, available for purchase.