Nothing says it better than the vision statement: “The Friends of Ganondagan, Inc. envision Ganondagan State Historic Site as the internationally recognized resource for Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) history, culture and living traditions that express universal ideals of peace cooperation and respect for each other and the natural world.” Everything you will see and do at Ganondagan is centered around those core values.
Native American Dance & Music Festival
Each July, Ganondagan State Historic Site hosts a cultural exhibition for the community to experience and learn about the Seneca culture through dance, food, storytelling and song. The highlights are the featured artists who come from all over the world to headline the festival. This year the performers are singer-songwriter Darryl Tonemah, (Kiowa /Comanche /Tuscarora) with his band, and the Zuni Olla Maidens. Past years have included Joanne Shenandoah, Floyd “Red Crow” Westerman, Keith Secola, Māori dancers, Aztec Dancers, and the Dinah Tah Navajo dancers to name just a few. The focus is primarily on Iroquois culture, with a celebration of all indigenous peoples.
Seneca Art & Culture Center
There are always activities taking place at the site, especially since the opening of the beautiful Seneca Art & Cultural Center. This building holds within it the story of the Seneca people and preserves the culture and history for generations to come. They host films, meditation activities, group hikes, storytelling events, and opportunities to learn about planting and caring for the land.
The Haudenosaunee Longhouse
You surely can’t miss the longhouse on the property, which has an incredible story that speaks directly to the culture and community of the Haudenosaunee people. During the height of American colonization, they also took the idea of the longhouse to extend across New York State and symbolically cover & protect the entire Iroquois Confederacy. It is open between May and October for tours inside.
Hiking trails on the Ganondagan property
Details about trails, tours, and activities can be found on their website.