Educational Outreach Programs

Ganondagan is the site of a 17th century Seneca Village located in Victor, New York. Currently, this is the only New York State facility dedicated to Native American history. Our Native American Interpreters come from the Seneca, Mohawk and Washoe Paiute Nations. They can present Ganondagan's historical background as well as instill contemporary view points on today's issues.

To book an Outreach Program, please call Rebekah Stormm-Reitter at 585-398-6178

About the Seneca Bark Longhouse

This presentation will cover the formation of the Haudenosaunee Culture, specifically the Senecas at Ganondagan. It will include the importance of the construction of the Bark Longhouse. Everyday life in the Bark Longhouse of the 1600's will be explained.

Interpreters may bring a variety of items from the Bark Longhouse such as furs, felt hats, bone tools, cornhusk items, wooden bowls and spoons with the clan symbols and trade items.

Fee: $50.00 per classroom of 25 students

Classtime: 45 minutes

Uses of the Whitetail Deer

Learn the importance of the white tail deer to the Haudenosaunee peoples from a valuable source of food to unique and clever tools created from the bones. The furs used as a wrap to keep you warm in cold weather and a blanket for your bed, to beautiful tanned clothing and moccasins.

Learn the value of the antlers, hoofs, eyes, brains, internal organs, etc.

The Interpreter will bring numerous examples of the varied uses of the deer.

Fee: $125.00 per classroom of 25 students

Classtime: 45 minutes

The Storytellers Circle

Find out for yourself how the power of stories can educate and excite learners of all ages.

You will leave with a technique you can use in the classroom to teach your students, or come for the joy of learning to be a storyteller yourself.

We guarantee you will leave smiling and practicing your story on the way home!

Fee: $125.00 per classroom of 25 students

Classtime: 45 minutes

Cornhusk Doll Workshop

This workshop will present the importance of corn to the Seneca people and its many uses.

The instructor will bring many different examples of cornhusk items to the classroom.

Your class will hear the story of The No Face Cornhusk Doll and construct their own individual doll.

Fee: $175.00 per classroom of 25 students

Classtime: 90 minutes

Professional Development for Educators

Presented by The First Voice Interpreters of Ganondagan

The First Voice Interpreters will help educators better understand Seneca life and the meaning of stories of the Haudenosaunee through in-service programs.

Onöndowa’ga:’ : People of the Great Hill

This workshop will give educators a deeper understanding of the Haudenosaunee Confederacy and the formation of the Six Nation's League of the Iroquois.

Clan systems, social life, stereotypes and current issues will be discussed.

Submit a list of questions from educators prior to the workshop to make the two hours meaningful and useful.

Fee: $250.00 per classroom of 25 educators

Classtime: 2 hours