GANONDAGAN INDIGENOUS MUSIC & ARTS FESTIVAL heralding in the traveling WAMPUM exhibition. Ganondagan State Historic Site located in Victor, NY is a National Historic Landmark, the only New York State Historic Site dedicated to a Native American theme; and the only Seneca town developed and interpreted in the United States. Spanning 569 acres, Ganondagan is the original site of a 17th century Seneca town which existed there peacefully more than 350 years ago. The culture, art, agriculture, and government of the Seneca people influenced our modern understanding of equality, democratic government, women’s rights, ecology and natural foods.
Ganondagan’s full-size Seneca Bark Longhouse is fully furnished to reflect a typical Seneca family from the late 1600’s, complete with reproductions of 17th century Seneca objects and colonial-era trade goods.
The newly built Seneca Art & Culture Center at Ganondagan State Historic Site is a 17,300-square-foot center that tells the story of Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) contributions to art, culture, and society. Designed to fit into the natural landscape, the center features an interactive, multi-media Exhibit Gallery.
The grounds surrounding the center include two signed interpretive trails that educate visitors about the significance of plant life, HAUDENOSAUNEE CULTURE & HISTORY.
The Haudenosaunee, commonly known as Iroquois, are an Iroquoian-speaking confederacy of Native Americans and First Nations peoples in northeast North America and Upstate New York. They were known during the colonial years to the French as the Iroquois League, and later as the Iroquois Confederacy. The English called them the Five Nations, comprising the Mohawk, Oneida, Onondaga, Cayuga, and Seneca. After 1722, the Iroquoian-speaking Tuscarora from the southeast were accepted into the confederacy, which became known as the Six Nations.
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