July 2016

                            Native Cultural Centers in New York State


We are fortunate here in New York to have several exceptional places to learn about indigenous people's history and culture, past and present. Through exhibits, educational programs and events, each tells their story in their own voice and in their unique way. By visiting them we are helped to understand that they are a part of our present and our future.

The Seneca-Iroquois National Museum, Salamanca, showcases both permanent and temporary exhibits. Of special note is a permanent exhibit entitled “Where We Walked” which explores their loss of land and homes. It provides information on how the United State destroyed Ohi:yo’ communities with the creation of the Kinzua Dam in the 1960s, when the Federal government broke one of its oldest treaties: the Canandaigua Treaty of 1794. Meet the people who lost their homes, land, sense of community, and lifestyle. Learn how the Seneca Nation of Indians fought hard to stop the construction and how they survived.

Ganondagan, a New York State Historic Site in Victor, was once the location of a large Seneca Village. It includes a bark Longhouse, nature walks and agricultural exhibits. Products are available from a White Corn Project located off site. They conduct extensive educational outreach programs. A beautiful, new Seneca Arts and Cultural Center opened recently. They host a Native American Dance and Music Festival and Winter games event, in addition to Canandaigua Treaty Day.

Skä•noñh-Great Law of Peace Center, Syracuse is located on the shore of Onondaga Lake, which is sacred to the Haudenosaunee. It is a Heritage Center focused on telling the story of the native peoples of central New York. Their history is told through the lens of the Onondaga Nation. With a strong emphasis on their oral tradition, videos cover their Creation story, European Contact, The Great Law of Peace and more. Exhibits add to our experience here. Skä•noñh, is an Onondaga welcoming greeting meaning “Peace and Wellness.”

The Six Nations Indian Museum, near Onchiota in the Northeastern Adirondack Mountains, is privately owned by the founder's family. It houses 3000-plus artifacts primarily on the culture of the Mohawk, Oneida, Onondaga, Cayuga, Seneca and Tuscarora, who comprised the Iroquois Confederacy (Haudenosaunee). The museum features story telling, and lectures with a gift shop carrying Mohawk baskets, bead-work, books, t-shirts, silver jewelry, and acrylic paintings that reflect Six Nations culture. Their activities can best be follow on Facebook.

The Akwesasne Library and Cultural Center, Hogansburg, is a small public library and museum primarily serving the people of Akwesasne. But it is also open to surrounding communities and the visiting public. It's focus is educational materials and activities, as well as, showcasing local artists.

The Kanatsiohareke, Mohawk Community in Fonda is a sustainable, living community grounded in Mohawk culture. It's many activities include an immersion Mohawk language camp, writing classes, workshops on various cultural skills and lecture series. Each June they host a Strawberry Festival. Their main attraction is Tom Porter , gifted teacher, orator and inspiration. Hearing one of his talks is not to be missed.They currently have an online fund raising campaign to build a permanent outdoor pavilion.

The Iroquois Indian Museum, Howes Cave, fosters understanding of Iroquois culture through Haudenosaunee artists and their art. The Museum's beautiful building is a modern structure reminiscent of a Longhouse. The museum includes an interactive, hands-on area for children. The indoor live turtle pond and a 45-acre Nature Park, with guided and self-guided tours, emphasizes their relationship to the natural world. They are celebrating their 35th year. The Museum hosts an annual Iroquois Indian Festival.



NOON acknowledges the Onondaga People and Nation, on whose aboriginal territory we reside. *







NOON continues to advocate for A Better Future For Onondaga Lake, which is culturally and spiritually important to the Haudenosaunee. Please consider signing the American Indian Law Alliance's petition asking for the cleanup to be completed and not left in its half finished condition.

You will also want to friend the Facebook page A Better Future For Onondaga Lake to keep informed about what is happening to the lake.





Wampum Display and Presentation, Prof. Richard Hamell, July 15 & 16, 9 am – 5 pm, Seneca-Iroquois National Museum, 814 Broad St, Salamanca, NY 14779.

A Legacy of Excellence: The Living Traditions of Iroquois Beadwork!, July 16 & 17 , Saturday,10 – 5 & Sunday, 1 – 5 , Iroquois Indian Museum, 324 Caverns Road, Howes Cave, NY. 1st of a three part series- featuring demonstrations of traditional raised beadwork with master artisans Niio Perkins (Mohawk from Akwesasne) and Bryan Printup (Tuscarora). Visitors can also participate in beading activities


Native American Dance & Music Festival, 25th Anniversity, Saturday-Sunday, July 23-24,10 am - 6 pm, (Same program both days). Ganondagan, 7000 County Road 41 (Boughton Hill Road) Victor, NY 14564.Adult - $12 general public/$8 members, Seniors - $10 general public/$6 members, Students - 18 and older, $7general public/$3 members, Children - 3 - 17 yrs, $5general public/$2 members, 2 and under – Free, Tickets available day of event. Featured performers are singer-songwriter Darryl Tonemah, (Kiowa/Comanche/Tuscarora) with his band, and the Zuni Olla Maidens. Experience the incredible diversity of our living Native American culture.


BREAKING BREAD, BUILDING BRIDGES, Sunday, August 7, 2-4 pm, Ganondagan, 7000 County Road 41 (Boughton Hill Road) Victor, NY 14564. $10/7 for members at the door. An afternoon dedicated to building bridges between varied communities while breaking bread and sharing personal life journeys. We welcome three guests from the transgender, Muslim, and Native American communities to share their personal stories for the first hour, followed by an hour of mutual conversation to enjoy a diversity of breads and a diversity of thought.

Demonstrations and works in progress with premier basketmakers Ann Mitchell (Akwesasne Mohawk) and Ronnie-Leigh Goeman (Onondaga). August 6 & 7, Saturday,10 – 5 & Sunday, 1 – 5, Iroquois Indian Museum, 324 Caverns Road, Howes Cave, NY.





NOON Steering Committee Open Meeting, July 12, 7-8:30 pm, Syracuse Peace Council, 2013 East Genesee St, Syracuse, NY. Since new people often have a lot of questions, we recommend talking with Carol Baum, Syracuse Peace Council Staff (3154725478, carol@peacecouncil.net) or Sue Eiholzer, NOON Volunteer (3154922684, rsue@twcny.rr.com) before the meeting.





The Warriors Who Turned to Peace, an article by John Mohawk in YES! Magazine in 2004 has a lot to say to us today.


The Doctrine of Discovery: Unmasking the Domination Code film 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 is available to borrow from the Syracuse Peace Council. If you have a group of friends or an organization and would like to show this film, please contact Carol Baum at 3154725478 or carol@peacecouncil.net

REDHAWK POW WOWS For information on up coming events.




Revel In "AN Evening Of Southwest Music" with Shelley Morningsong & Fabian Fontenelle, Wednesday, August 17, 7-9 pm, Ganondagan Seneca Arts and Cultural Center, 7000 County Road 41 (Boughton Hill Road) Victor, NY 14564. Shelley Morningsong and Fabian Fontenelle will present a poignant and thrilling evening of Southwest music and dance.

Demonstrations and works in progress with gifted antler and bone carvers Hayden Haynes (Seneca from Allegany) and Trevor Brant (Mohawk from Tyendinaga Territory). October 15 & 16, Iroquois Indian Museum, 324 Caverns Road, Howes Cave, NY.

Haudenosaunee Culture: Sharing the River of Life, Lacrosse Stick-maker and Former Coach Alfred Jaques, Onondaga, Turtle Clan, Saturday, August 18, 2016, 2-3 PM AND Dan Hill, Paddler and Flute-maker, Musician, Member of the Haudenosaunee Environmental Task Force, Caretaker of the S.H.A.R.E, Farm, Cayuga Nation, Heron Clan, Sunday, August 14, 2-3 PM at the Waterman Conservation Center. 403 Hilton Road, Apalachin, NY 13732. Information and directions.

35th Annual Iroquois Indian Festival, September 3 & 4. Iroquois Indian Museum, 324 Caverns Road, Howes Cave, NY It’s time again to celebrate Iroquois art and culture with Iroquois dancers, singers, storytellers and much more.


Making a Mohawk Tobacco Bag with Tom Porter (Mohawk), Sept. 24, 9-4pm, Kanatsiohareke, Mohawk Community at 4934 State Highway 5, Fonda, NY. Make and take home a traditional Mohawk-style deerskin tobacco bag while learning about related traditions. $100 tuition includes lunch, materials and traditional teachings. RSVP by September 17. (Max: 15 students)

Making a Traditional Wedding Basket with Richard Nolan (Mohawk), 9-5pm, October 8-9, Kanatsiohareke, Mohawk Community at 4934 State Highway 5, Fonda, NY.: Make and take home a traditional Mohawk Wedding Basket (8” x 5.25” x 6”), which can be used for a variety of purposes. $175 tuition includes two lunches, one breakfast, materials and instruction. RSVP by October 1. (Max: 16 students)

* NOON decided recently that whenever we meet or gather to acknowledge that we are on the ancestral land of the Onondaga Nation. We recommended to the Syracuse Peace Council, of which NOON is a committee, that they and other committees follow our example. We are happy to report that they agreed and that acknowledgment is happening. We would encourage you to do the same for the indigenous nation upon whose land you are gathered.

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