Image Credit: Kevin Vickers

Experience Hodinöhsö:ni’ Healthy Roots, Culture, and Traditions

September 21st, 2019; 10 AM - 4 PM

Ganondagan’s annual Living History event is a popular day for visitors to immerse themselves in all various aspects of the living culture of the Hodinöhsö:ni’ people. On Saturday, Sept. 21 (10 AM – 4 PM)

Hodinöhsö:ni’ Healthy Roots, Culture and Traditions features reenactors, hands-on demonstrations of traditional arts and food practices, traditional dancing and games.

This year’s demonstrators are: Ronnie Reitter (Seneca) – Cornhusk mats, Marilyn Isaacs (Tuscarora) – fingerweaving;

Peter Jemison will be speaking about the 225th anniversary of the Canandaigua Treaty and also the Peacemaker connecting with the International Day of Peace.

Admission is $8/adults; $5/members, seniors, and students with ID; and free for children five and younger.

Admission includes all activities, the Seneca Art & Culture Center exhibits, film, and gift shop, tour of the Seneca Bark Longhouse, and guided trail walks.


1794 Canandaigua Treaty Talk

11 AM & 2 PM

This brief talk will be conducted in the SACC Auditorium by our Site Manager, Peter Jemison (Seneca). In recognition of the International Day of Peace, Peter Jemison will be speaking about the 225th anniversary of the Canandaigua Treaty and the Peacemaker who facilitated the union of the original five nations of the Hodinöhsö:ni’.

Image: The Great Canandaigua Treaty-1794 painting by Robert Griffin

Sample Traditional Foods

11 AM- 2 PM

Come and see cooking demonstrations near the Bark Longhouse for Iroquois White Corn wheels and Venison stew. Free samples available for the public!

Traditional Arts Demonstrations

10 AM- 12 PM, 12:30 PM - 3:30 PM  Cornhusk Mat Weaving Demonstration with Ronnie Reitter (Seneca)

10 AM - 12 PM, 12:30 PM- 3:30 PM Finger Weaving Demonstrations with Marilyn Isaacs (Tuscarora)

Come and see traditional artisans demonstrate centuries old art forms for the public to see. Demonstrations will take place near the Bark Longhouse.

Iroquois Social Dancing

11:30 AM & 2:30 PM

Come inside the Seneca Art & Culture Center and see Iroquois Social Dancing performed in the Auditorium!

Traditional Games

Kids are welcome and encouraged to try their hand at traditional games! All games are located in the field adjacent to the SACC.

10 AM- 12 PM: Hoop & Javelin

A challenging game in which players try to throw their javelin through a moving target (the hoop).

1 PM - 3 PM: Archery

Take a turn a try to hit the stationary targets at our archery set-up.



Admission Prices

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



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