October 2017 - Witness to Injustice: Unraveling Historic Native & U.S. Relations


This inter-active 1 ½ hour group exercise uses participatory education to raise awareness of the history of the relationship between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples in the part of the world now known as the United States.

Through the use of meaningful quotes, and blankets that represent part of Turtle Island (the Western Hemisphere), it explores the shared history that most people rarely learn in traditional settings. Participants engage in a conversation about the European colonization of Turtle Island in order to deepen understanding of the denial of Indigenous peoples' nationhood throughout U.S. History.

This program will be offered on Thursday, October 12, at 7:00-8:30 at the Matilda Joslin Gage House in Fayetteville, NY. Registration is limited to 25. Call 315-637-9511 or email matildajgagefoundation@gmail.com to reserve your place.

NOON is offering to present this exercise in CNY at no no charge beyond travel expenses. Contributions to NOON are appreciated however. If you are interested in discussing cheduling a presentation, please contact Cindy Squillace.


NOON acknowledges that we are on the territory of the Onondaga Nation, counsel fire of the Haudenosaunee Confederacy.

We are thankful for their stewardship of our environment.



Celebrating Haudenosaunee Influence on the Women’s Rights Movement Events

The Haudenosaunee Confederacy: Leading the Way to Women’s Rights will open October 7 at Women’s Rights National Historical Park, 136 Fall St. in Seneca Falls.

Women Voted in New York Before Columbus, a Humanities N.Y.-sponsored talk by Sally Roesch Wagner takes place Oct. 11 at 7 p.m. at ArtRage Gallery, 505 Hawley Ave., Syracuse.

The Haudenosaunee Confederacy: Leading the Way to Women’s Rights on exhibit opening October 14 at 210 East Genesee St. in Fayetteville, with programs beginning at 10:00 A.M., including films, talks and dialogue on, “Should we celebrate Columbus Day or Indigenous People’s Day?”

Making a Traditional Mohawk Wedding Basket with Richard Nolan, Oct. 7 & 8, 10 AM-4PM, Kanatsiohareke Mohawk Community, 4934 State Highway 5, Fonda, NY 12068. Directions. Participants will spend two days making and then taking home a traditional Mohawk Wedding Basket (8” x 5.25” x 6”), while learning about Haudenosaunee wedding traditions and about various basket making principles and strategies. Baskets can be used for a variety of purposes. Space for 12-16 students. Tuition: $175, includes two days of instruction, materials, 2 lunches, and one breakfast.

Seneca Cornbread Wheels, Saturday/Sunday, October 7 & 8, 10 am - 2 pm, Ganondagan State Historical Site. Follow New York State's "Path Through History" right to Ganondagan! See how traditional corn bread is made in the Bark Longhouse with Belinda Patterson (Tuscarora), and then taste a free sample for yourself! Free with admission to the Seneca Art & Culture Center.

Celebrate Indigenous Peoples Day - Not Columbus Day, Monday, October 9, 4:30-5:30. Columbus Circle, Syracuse, NY. To celebrate the many and varied contributions of the world's Indigenous Peoples gathering will be at the statue of Columbus because it is a clear reminder of his legacy of attempted genocide and land theft. This is a teachable moment to discuss the ongoing impacts of Columbus' legacy and to commit to reversing it. Speakers and music organized by Neighbors of the Onondaga Nation/Syracuse Peace Council.

Indigenous People Day Celebration, October 8-9, 2017, Randalls Island, New York, Sunday 11AM – 5PM
Monday 7AM – 4PM (Sunrise Ceremony: 7AM).

Scary Tales in the Bark Longhouse October 13, 6 pm -7:30 pm, Ganondagan State Historical Site. Ganondagan’s storytellers will weave not-too-scary stories for families with kids eight and older. Free and open to the public,donations accepted, cider and doughnuts will be available for purchase. Location is Seneca Bark http://www.mohawkcommunity.com/directions.htmlLonghouse. Meet at the Seneca Art & Culture Center.

Making a Plains Courting Flute with Eric Marczak, Oct. 14 & 15, 10 AM-4PM, Kanatsiohareke Mohawk Community, 4934 State Highway 5, Fonda, NY 12068. Directions. Learn about the history of flutes while being guided through the process of making a 21-inch Plains-Style G Minor Flute with craftsman and musician Eric Marczak. Completed flutes retail for around $175-$200. Workshop Tuition of $175 includes coffee, tea, morning snacks and a home cooked lunch both days. Space is limited (Max 6 students)!

Symposium on Woodland Indian Art & Material Culture, Friday-Saturday, October 20-21, Ganondagan State Historical Site. Join national and international guest speakers to better learn and understand woodland Indian art and material culture, both from an historic context and as a modern cultural tradition. Early-bird admission is $80 through Sept. 30, and $100 thereafter. Event takes place Friday evening and Saturday. Registration includes continental breakfast and lunch on Saturday. To register, please email info@ganondagan.org or call (585) 742-1690. We can only take 140 registrants, so register now!

Family Harvest Festival with Kay Olan, Amanda Tarbell and the Akwesasne Women’s Singers, November 4, 10 AM-4PM, Kanatsiohareke Mohawk Community, 4934 State Highway 5, Fonda, NY 12068. Directions. Join Amanda Tarbell in learning about and making traditional Haudenosaunee Corn Husk dolls in the morning, then spend an afternoon of song, storytelling, and social dancing with the Akwesasne Women’s Singers and storyteller Kay Olan. Attendees will be treated to hours of entertainment and invited to try their new dance skills. Admission: $5 for adults, $3 seniors/ children under 12. Children 5 and under are free. Light refreshments and lunch provided for low cost.

Winterization Workday, Volunteer Appreciation Dinner & Film Screening, November 11, all day, Kanatsiohareke Mohawk Community, 4934 State Highway 5, Fonda, NY 12068. Directions. Gwendoln Cates will discuss her film, “The Good Mind”, after the screening. Bring a dish to share or just yourself.

On going events.

Bumping Hips: A History of Lacrosse”, September 2 through October 28, Vestal Museum, 328 Vestal Parkway East, Vestal, NY.

Seneca Bark Longhouse At Ganondagan State Historical Site, October 31 last day to visit for the season.

Storytelling Sundays in the Cabin!, 2pm on Sundays during the month of October, Iroquois Indian Museum, Howes Cave, NY. Join Amanda Tarbell (Mohawk) in historic 1850's cabin for an engaging afternoon of stories for young and old. Stories have long explained the world around us, entertained us, and provided models of how we are to behave. Step back, settle in, and enjoy a timeless Haudenosaunee tradition!

Excellence in Iroquois Arts Award & Exhibit, October 7 – November 30, Iroquois Indian Museum, Howes Cave, NY. Donald “Babe” Hemlock and Carla Hemlock, Mohawks from Kahnawake join the ranks of previous recipients Stan Hill, Sr; Joseph Jacobs; Peter Jemison; Mary Adams; Tammy Tarbell; Peter B. Jones and other esteemed individuals. Babe is acknowledged as a foremost cradleboard carver and painter and Carla is highly respected for her art quilts. Both have received numerous national awards and have been represented internationally in museums and galleries.

Walking the Steel: From Girder to Ground Zero Exhibit, April 1 - November 30, 2017, Iroquois Indian Museum, Howes Cave, NY. Artwork, artifacts, photographs, and audio recollections interprets the long-standing cultural and occupational tradition of iron working and its prominent role in Iroquois communities. Also explores the response to 9-11 by these individuals who had no national obligation to aid in the recovery but selflessly did (in some cases at immense personal cost), and concludes with the Haudenosaunee role in raising the 758-ton spire for the Freedom Tower at One World Trade Center in May 2013.


NOON Steering Committee Open Meeting, Tuesday, October, 7-8:30 pm, Syracuse Peace Council, 2013 East Genesee St, Syracuse, NY. Since new people often have a lot of questions, we recommend contacting Carol Baum, Syracuse Peace Council Staff, or Sue Eiholzer, NOON Volunteer, before the meeting.


The village of Whitesboro's seal has been changed to enhance the graphics but maintain the depiction of historical wrestling match and correct inaccuracies such as the design of the headdress worn by the Oneida.


Dehontsigwa’ehs: The Creator’s Game, Lacrosse Festival news report.

The Wild Center, a natural history museum in Tupper Lake, NY recently received funds to embark on a collaborative project with Six Nations Indian Museum, Akwesasne Cultural Center, the Indigenous Education Institute and the Center for Native Peoples and the Environment at the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry to add an indigenous perspective to their exhibits.

Battleboro, VT adoptes and will soon celebrate their first Indigenous Peoples' Day and stories of a cedar-strip canoe. Congratulations to every one who worked on accomplishing this. And thanks to Jess Dolan for sharing her perspective and knowledge.


The Doctrine of Discovery: Unmasking the Domination Code film is premised on Pagans in the Promised Land: Decoding the Doctrine of Christian Discovery, a book based on two decades of research by Shawnee, Lenape scholar Steven T. Newcomb. Available to borrow. Contact Carol Baum via email or phone 315-472-5478

Standing on Sacred Ground Videos
. Each of the 4 episodes is 60 min. Pilgrims and Tourists, Profit and Loss, Fire and Ice and Islands of Sanctuary. If you have a group of friends or know an organization that would like to view any of these films, please contact Carol Baum via email or phone 3154725478.

Treaty Day, Commemoration of 223rd Anniversary of the Canandaigua Treaty, November 11, Canandaigua, NY. The Treaty of Canandaigua was signed by the Grand Council of the Iroquois confederacy, Haudenosaunee), and Timothy Pickery, official agent of President George Washington. Signed November 11th 1794 in Canandaigua, NY. There were 1600 representatives from the Haudenosaunee as well as Quaker observers who could read English and aid the Haudenosaunee.

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