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Experience Hodinöhsö:ni’ Healthy Roots, Culture, and Traditions at Ganondagan’s Annual Living History Event

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Ganondagan’s annual Living History event is a popular day for visitors to immerse themselves in all the various aspects of the living culture of the Hodinöhsö:ni’ people. On Saturday, September 22 (10 am - 4 pm) Hodinöhsö:ni’ Healthy Roots, Culture, and Traditionsfeature re-enactors, hands-on demonstrations of agricultural methods, food practices, traditional arts, cultural traditions and games. 

Ganondagan also hosts a special book and print signing by painter Robert Griffing who specializes in 18th-century scenes of Eastern Woodland Indians. Native re-enactors featured in some of Griffings’ paintings will also be on hand.

The schedule is as follows:

Traditional Art Demonstrations

  • 10 am, traditional finger weaving (Marilyn Jacobs) and porcupine quill work (Jamie Jacobs)
  • 11 am, Iroquois White Corn-inspired food tastings by Native cooks Bill Abrams and Lauren Jimerson, with free samples

Auditorium Activities

  • 10:15 am, welcome and introduction by Peter Jemison
  • 10:30 am & 3:15 pm, Peter Jemison talk about “Mary Jemison, White Woman of the Genesee”
  • 11 am, guided tour of the exhibit Hodinöhsö:ni’Women: From The Time of Creation 
  • 11:30 am & 2:30 pm, two performances of Iroquois Social Dancing 

Outside Activities

  • 10 am & 1 pm, kids try their hand at archery and hoop and javelin
  • 10:30 am & 2 pm, guided walk on Trail of Peace

Ongoing Activities, 10 am - 4 pm

  • Book and print signing by Robert Griffing
  • “Clothing of the 18-century Period” with re-enactors
  • Wampum belt and deer part displays, corn pounding, gallery exhibits, arts & crafts activities

Admission is $8/adults; $5/members, seniors, and students with ID; and free children five and younger. It includes all activities, admission to the Seneca Art & Culture Center exhibits, film, and gift shop, tour of the Seneca Bark Longhouse, and guided trail walks. Food is available for purchase. Location is throughout Ganondagan State Historic Site, 7000 County Road 41, Victor, NY.

NOTE: Interviews and photos are available on request.


Who: Guest artists, dancers, demonstrators

What: Hodinöhsö:ni’ Healthy Roots, Culture, and Traditions: Ganondagan’s Living History Event

When: Saturday, September 22, 10 am-4 pm

Where: Ganondagan State Historic Site, 7000 County Rd 41, Victor, NY


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