May 2019 LearnAbout Our Indigenous Neighbors



Learn About Our Indigenous Neighbors

As we head into summer, now is a good time to think about and plan for a visit in the coming months some of the wonderful Indigenous cultural centers we have in New York. They are great places to learn about their 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. Each one helps us to understand our shared past. present and future.

The Seneca-Iroquois National Museum is a rich and diverse learning experience including their traditional craft items, antler carving, ornate bead work and their history. The new Onöhsagwë:de’ Cultural Center opened a year ago. It showcases both permanent and temporary exhibits. Currently, "They Work" honors the rich tradition of Seneca union laborers who build infrastructures in the U.S. and Canada. The "Distinct Community" exhibit shares their tradition of giving thanks thruogh the Ganönyök each time they gather. "The Very Beginning; outlines the Creation Story and the cultural beliefs of the Onöndowa’ga:’. "On the Mother's Side" highlights the role of women in their culture. Facebook.


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. The Seneca Arts and Cultural Center is a must see. Their Native American Dance and Music Festival will be July 27th&28th. They host Canandaigua Treaty Day on November 11 each year in Canandaigua. The Winter games event takes place in February. Facebook

Skä•noñh-Great Law of Peace Center, Syracuse is located on the shore of Onondaga Lake, 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”. It is a popular tour for school classes. Check the web site for days/hour open and for contact information. Facebook


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. Facebook

The Akwesasne Cultural Center Library and Museum, 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 Museum is currently closed for Renovation. Check out their wonderful new web site for lots of interesting information. Facebook

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. Their Strawberry Festival will be June 29th & 30th. Activities are best followed on their Facebook site. Their main attraction is Tom Porter, gifted teacher, orator and inspiration. Hearing one of his talks is not to be missed. Check out his book And Grandma Said... Iroquois Teachings: as passed down through the oral tradition. Facebook

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. The Museum will host their 38th annual Iroquois Indian Festival the weekend of August 31th/September1st. They offer many artist demonstrations, workshops and talks. Check their web site. Facebook



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.




Seneca Bark Longhouse is now open for the season at Ganondagan State Historic Site, Victor, NY.

Mother of All Tours, May 12, 2019, Onöhsagwë:de’ Cultural Center 82 W Hetzel St
Salamanca, NY 14779. Seneca’s are matrilineal and honor their mothers with a special tour of influential women in the tribe’s history.

Wampum Bracelet Workshop, Saturday, May 18th, 10 AM-2:30 PM, Ganondagan State Historical Site, Victor, NY. This is a unique opportunity to learn about wampum while creating your own wampum bracelet! Wampum Expert, Rich Hamell & Traditional Bead Artist, Aimee Carpenter will co-teach this one-of-a-kind, hands-on workshop. You will leave with your own 5 row glass wampum bead bracelet. Please bring a lunch and a beverage. Pre-registration required, to register please call (585) 742-1690 by May 10th. Price: $35/members; $40/non-members.

Skä•noñh - Great Law of Peace Center is looking for volunteers to help clean Sainte Marie Among the Iroquois Mission Site Museum on Monday, May 20th and Tuesday, May 28th from 10am to 3pm. Volunteers are needed to help rake, organize, sweep, and dust along with other maintenance activities. They will also be re purposing wood and brush to build a natural fence around our three-sister garden. Please bring work gloves, boots, and weather appropriate clothing. Work will continue rain or shine. Please send your availability to Nicole at If you have questions, email Nicole or call 315-453-6767.


The Women's Suffrage Movement, Sally Roesch Wagner book talk and signing, Wednesday, May 22nd, 7 to 8:30 pm., Skä•noñh – Great Law of Peace Center, 6680 Onondaga Lake Parkway, Liverpool, New York 13088 Open to the public with a sliding scale entry fee starting at $5.


3rd Annual Heritage Day, June 8, 2019, Onöhsagwë:de’ Cultural Center 82 W Hetzel St , Salamanca, NY 14779


KOKOM LENA of the First Nation Algonquin. The Photographs of Michael Greenlar, February 3-August 31, Skä•noñh – Great Law of Peace Center, 6680 Onondaga Lake Parkway, Liverpool, New York 13088. For 20 years, Syracuse photographer Michael Greenlar documented four generations of Algonquins in the bush of Quebec, Canada.



NOON Steering Committee Open Meeting, Tuesday, May 14, 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.



New Mexico Replaces Columbus Day With Indigenous Peoples’ Day

Two more states, Vermont and Maine are ditching Columbus Day for Indigenous Peoples Day

Goodbye, Columbus Day

Video - Lakota People’s Law Project. Oglala Nation’s families at Pine Ridge trying to experience disastrous weather event.

One of the Largest Native American Tribes Has Just Voted to End Their 100-Year Dependency on Coal

A quest to reconstruct Baltimore’s American Indian ‘reservation’

How one of America’s smallest Indian tribes bounced back from the brink of dying out An inspiring story of resilience and determination.

Real Native history in a video game: An Indigenous take on The Oregon Trail

Minnesota Vikings can’t be serious: NFL plan to use a Native-related mascot for one game


WITNESS TO INJUSTICE: UNRAVELING HISTORIC NATIVE & U.S. RELATIONS. This inter-active group exercise is a 2 hour teaching tool that 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), we explore this shared history that most people rarely learn in traditional settings. We engage in a conversation about the European colonization of Turtle Island in order to deepen our understanding of the denial of Indigenous peoples' nationhood throughout U.S. History. NOON is offering this exercise to groups, organizations, schools and churches. A good will offering to support NOON's work is appreciated. If you would like additional information or to schedule a time for a presentation, contact Cindy Squillace


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 315-472-5478.

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Kanatsiohareke, Mohawk Community - Strawberry Festival, June 29th & 30th


Ganondagan State Historic Site, Victor, NY



15 & 16, Path Through History: A Walk-through Seneca History

17, Hodinöhsö:ni’ Art Show Applications Due

29, The "Country Mile Run" (formerly the Old Goat Run)


26, Hodinohso:ni’ Juried Art Show Preview

28-29, Indigenous Music & Arts Festival (formerly the Native American Dance & Music Festival)


9, Educators' Day

16, Storytelling Under the Full Moon & Stars

17, "A Walk Through the Creator's Garden"

Onöhsagwë:de’ Cultural Center (Seneca-Iroquois National Museum), 82 W Hetzel St, Salamanca, NY 14779

LATE JUNE - Traditional Pottery Workshop,, check web site for details.

AUGUST 4TH - Cultural Center Opening Celebration, the one-year anniversary.


25, Scary Stories Friday, 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

26, Spooktacular Family Fun Day, 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

NOVEMBER – Holiday Fine Art's Market and Art Show, November 30, 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

DECEMBER – Ohiyo' Social Pow Wow. A 3 day long Winter Social Powwow with dance competitions for all ages.


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