Saturday, December 7th; 10 AM - 4 PM

Native American Culture, Dancing, Food, Holiday Gift Market, Raffles, and Iroquois Creation Story’s Skywoman—with a Literal “Twist"

Ganondagan’s Native American Winter Arts Festival invites public to immerse themselves in Native American culture, with Airigami’s visual storytelling addition

Join us for our Native American Winter Arts Festival including  performances by Iroquois Social Dancers in regalia, storytelling, traditional foods, a silent auction, and a Native American artisan gift market.

For the very first time, Friends of Ganondagan is collaborating with Airigami who will be building and installing a large balloon creation to visually capture the essence of the Iroquois Creation Story, particularly Skywoman and the story of how Turtle Island came to be.

Utilizing over 600 balloons, the Skywoman sculpture is a “representation of the story that unfolds over the span of the sculpture,” said Artistic Director Kelly Cheatle. When completed, the piece will reach 18-20 feet to the ceiling of the Seneca Art & Culture Center auditorium where the work will be created. “We are excited to collaborate with Ganondagan and visually interpret the Haudenosaunee creation story using our unique medium,” added Cheatle. “Storytelling is an integral part of our work at Airigami that we share with Native American culture—and Ganondagan.

In keeping with the Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) Seventh Generation principle in which decisions are made based on how they affect seven generations out, Airigami partners with Impact Earth to reduce its environmental footprint. Once the sculpture exhibition has ended, all of the natural latex rubber balloons from the piece will be composted.

This event is FREE and open to the public!

Schedule below.


Help Create our Airigami Sculpture!

Thursday & Friday, December 5th & 6th; 3 PM-4:30 PM

If you would like help to help Airigami construct our special Skywoman sculpture come to the Seneca Art & Culture on Thursday and/or Friday and lend a hand! 


Traditional Storytelling

11:30 AM- 12 NOON, 2:00 PM- 2:30 PM

Join us for two sessions of traditional Hodinöhsö:ni’storytelling with the talented, Tonia Galban (Mohawk). 

Iroquois Social Dancing

12:30 PM -1:15 PM & 3:00 PM-3:45 PM

Come and watch the crowd favorite, Iroquois Social dancing as done by the Allegany River Indian Dancers!


Other Activities


10 AM - 4 PMGift Shop OPEN all dayLobby
10 AM - 4 PMNative American Artists selling their merchandiseAuditorium
10 AM - 4 PMWampum display tablesClassroom #1
10 AM - 4 PMGifts of the Deer tableClassroom #1
11 AM - 3 PMChildren's activities Classroom #2
all day til 3:45 PMRaffles  - items raffled at 4 pmLobby
all day til 3:45 PMSilent Auction table - ends 4 pmLobby
11 AM - 2:30 PMFood available for Sale Lobby

This event was made possible by the generous support of

New York State Council on the Arts & the Bureau of Historic Sites NYS Parks Recreation & Historic Preservation