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“Jöhehgöh” They Sustain Us 

Indigenous Food Event

Screened image of beans, corn and squash in the background with formal headshots of Robin Kimmerer and Loretta Garret Oden in the forefront. Text overlay giving the program name and time (given in description).

Saturday, June 22, 2024 


Time: 9:30 AM – 4:30 PM 

Location: Seneca Art & Culture Center at Ganondagan, 7000 County Road 41, Victor, NY

Sponsored by: Rochester Area Community Foundation

Registration fee: $100 for current members, $125 for public

  • Pre-registration only

  • Schedule to come


Register using our Friends of Ganondagan Wild Apricot event page and pay using any major credit card. In order to receive your membership discount, please be sure to use the email address you use to renew your membership.

Registration fee: $100 for current members, $125 for public

Program Overview

Join us at Ganondagan for “Jöhehgöh” They Sustain Us - Indigenous Food Event with Braiding Sweetgrass author, Robin Kimmerer (Potawatomi), chef Loretta Barrett Oden (Potawatomi), and Haudenosaunee culture bearers for demonstrations, hands-on activities, speaking, and a delicious, Indigenous lunch.

This will be an engaging cultural experience as two internationally known Potawatomi women - Robin Wall Kimmerer (botanist, author, educator) and Loretta Barrett Oden (Indigenous award-winning chef, food historian, and cultural advocate) share their insights. Learn about Jöhehgöh (The Three Sisters: Corn, Beans, Squash) through demonstrations and hands on activities. Chef Loretta Barrett Oden will be creating a delicious, Indigenous inspired lunch featuring Ganondagan's White Corn. 

Books will be available for purchase at the Ganondagan Gift Shop and Robin Kimmerer and Loretta Barret Oden will be available for book signings that day. 

The program will include -


  • Traditional Opening - Pete Jemison

  • Welcome - Jeanette Jemison

  • Traditional Cooking - Ange Ferguson

  • Cornbread Wheels - Ionawiienhawi Sargent

  • Corn Pounding - Elsie Jemison & Josie Sargent

  • Corn Washing - Andrea Cooke  

  • Cornhusk Flower Making - Ronnie Reitter

  • Cornhusk Braiding Table Display - Ganondagan Interpretive Staff

  • Meet the Cooks - Loretta Barrett Oden, Ange Ferguson, Ionawiienhawi Sargent and Andrea Cooke

  • White Corn Inspired, Indigenous Lunch 

  • “The Good Mind & Corn Sorting” with Angel Jimerson

  • Keynote Speaker, Robin Kimmerer

  • Book Signings with Robin Kimmerer & Loretta Barrett Oden

About the Presenters & Demonstrators 

Nya:weh to our Supporters

The Community Foundation logo

Rochester Area Community Foundation

Sustainable Dish Service provided by the Dish Truck, Ithaca NY

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