Indigenous Perspectives on Museums and Cultural Centers”

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Noon: Light lunch in 500 Hall of Languages, Kilian Room, Syracuse University.

1 PM - Welcome and Introduction to Skä·noñh—Great Law of Peace Center - Philip Arnold

Celebrating our Anniversaries 25, 15 and 10: NMAI and Community collaborations” - Ann Drumheller (National Museum of the American Indian)

"Revisiting the 'French Fort': Sainte Marie de Gannentaha, 1933-1943." -
Debora Ryan (Cultural Foundations in Education, SU)

3 PM - “Beyond the Museum: Cultural Centers in Haudenosaunee Territory.” - Scott Stevens (Director of Native American Studies, SU)
"Transcultural Objects and Ethical Oversights." - Sascha Scott (Art and Music Histories, SU)

6-9 PM - Dinner/reception at Skä·noñh—Great Law of Peace Center, 6680 Onondaga Lake Parkway, Liverpool NY 13088.
"Rethinking the Presentation of Haudenosaunee Culture." - Talk by Rick Hill (Indigenous Knowledge Centre at Six Nations Polytechnic)

The focus will be on how to create an exhibition of Indigenous ideas and philosophies within which anyone can find meaning. Using the message of Skä·noñh (Peace/Wellness) to rethink the encounter between the French Jesuits and the Onondaga Nation, the new Skä·noñh - Great Law of Peace Center, will reposition peace as the guiding principle in the culture practice and treaty making of the Haudenosaunee.

Free and Open to the Public. For more information call Lynne at (315) 428--‐1864, ext. 314, or visit:

Syracuse Peace Council's 44th Annual
Plowshares Craftsfair and Peace Festival
December 6, Sat. 10-5, December 7, Sun. 11-5

Nottingham High School, 3100 E. Genesee St., Syracuse $2-5 sliding scale. Under 16 and over 65 FREE

Please join us at Plowshares Craftsfair on December 6-7 at Nottingham High School (3100 E. Genesee St., Syracuse). Central New York's premier multicultural craftsfair, Plowshares celebrates a world where people enjoy their work and have control over it. With 130 craftspeople and community groups, it is a marketplace of ideas and beautifully diverse, hand made items.

More than a craftsfair, it is a peace festival, with music, food and a spirit of fellowship, creating a weekend of grassroots commerce and community. It's a wonderful opportunity to connect at year's end and share in the life and culture of a village marketplace that has no corporate headquarters.

Spend the day. There's live entertainment, good food by The Mission Restaurant, and warm community. Buy a raffle ticket and win something you never knew you needed! Be amazed by what you can bid on at the Silent Auction!

From the Earth’ Arts & Crafts Festival

Saturday only - December 13th, 10:00am to 5:00pm

Onondaga Nation School

FREE Admission, FREE Parking, Donations accepted. Over 45 Craftspeople and Artists from Six Nations. Artists from the Navajo Nation as well.

Paintings And Prints, Soap Stone Carvings, Lacrosse Sticks, Beaded Jewelry, Gemstone Jewelry, Weaved Shawls, Native Patterned Material, Dream Catchers, Bone Carvings And Silver Jewelry Are Only A Few Of The Art And Crafts That Will Be Available.

Arrow Booth will be a guest dancer. Traditional foods as well as hearty lunch menus will be available.

All are welcome. There will be extra parking available at the Onondaga Nation Health Center just past the school on Rte 11A. Onondaga Nation School is 2 miles south of Nedrow proper on Rte 11A. If coming either from the north or south on 81 get off on exit 16 and go north towards Syracuse on Rt 11. Rte 11A is to the first left turn after the Arena.


Don’t use dehumanizing materials that depict indigenous people as objects or animals rather than as human beings. Avoid using books, songs and alphabet cards that say, “ I is for Indian,” “E is for Eskimo,” or “One Little, two little, three little Indians…” These examples dehumanize and belittle an entire ethnic group.

Kay Olan, Mohawk/Wolf Clan


We've been asked to acknowledge Gus High Eagle of First Nation Dakota People from Manitoba (Canada) of the Unity Riders who passed away at Manitoba Saturday; October 18, 2014 at the age of 62 years. During the summer of 2013 many celebrations across the US honored the riders’ 4,000-mile journey calling for honoring the earth and recognizing the dangers of drilling oil, fracking, and water pollution. They visited South Dakota, Connecticut, NYC and Washington, DC. His was an incredible contribution to us all.

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NAMA Awards
Congratulations to The Gunrunners, a roots rock band from the Onondaga Nation, for receiving a NAMA Award nomination for Best Rock Recording for their song "Never Going Home."

Also, congratulations to Leah Shenandoah, who won the Debut Artist of the Year award for her album, "Spectre," which was released on Jan. 1, 2014, Joanne Shenandoah, for Best World Recording for her album, "Nature Dance," and blues musician Jimmy Wolf, for Best Male Artist for last year's album "A Tribute to Little Johnny Taylor."


SMOKIN’ BLUES Dance and Fundraiser , Wednesday, December 10, 5:30-11:00 pm, Indigenous Women’s Initiatives, Canisius College’s Montante Center, Main St one block south of the Scajacquada, Rt. 198 Buffalo NY

Smoke Dance Contests, Categories:Adult, Youth And Tiny Tots , Cake Contest And Cake Walk, Raffles, Door Prizes, Silent Auctions, Vendors, Corn Soup And Scoons. Alcohol and Drug Free Event
Featuring: Freightrain And Dosyo:We:H
$20.00 Advance $25.00 At The Door.
For More Information Contact: IWI at 716-332-6988716-332-6988 ,


NOON Steering Committee Meeting, December 9, 7-8:30 pm, Syracuse Peace Council, 2013 E. Genesee St., Syracuse, open meeting. Since new people often have a lot of questions, we recommend talking with Carol Baum, Syracuse Peace Council Staff (315-472-5478315-472-5478 , or Sue Eiholzer, NOON Volunteer (315-492-2684315-492-2684 , before the meeting.

December's meeting will return to the regular 2nd Tuesday schedule of December 9th.


Shaleshock CNY, No meeting in December. Next meeting January 21, Wednesday, 6:15-8:15 pm, Community Room, Onondaga Free Library. Anyone interested in learning more about local anti-hydrofracking efforts in CNY or to connect to these efforts is encouraged to attend.

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