Ganondagan long house

Ganondagan State Historic Site

Ganondagan State Historic Site museum
Ganondagan State Historic Site longhouse
Ganondagan State Historic Site dancers

Nothing says it better than the vision statement: “The Friends of Ganondagan, Inc. envision Ganondagan State Historic Site as the internationally recognized resource for Hodinöhsö:ni 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.

Explore the Seneca Art & Culture Center at Ganondagan, the beautiful trails, and enjoy a great view atop Boughton Hill all year long. The Longhouse opens May 1.

Ganondagan dancers
Native American Dance Festival
Ganondagan Allegany Dancers

Indigenous Music & Arts 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. Past years have included Joanne Shenandoah, Gary Farmer, 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 Hodinöhsö:ni culture, with a celebration of all indigenous peoples.

Soh Daiko Japanese taiko drummers
Soh Daiko Japanese taiko drummers

The 2019 festival featured Taiko Drummers, Soh DaikoFreightrain, and Allegany River Dancers, plus the Hodinöhsö:ni’ Juried Art Show, traditional arts demonstrators, storytelling, Native American art market, indigenous food, the Family Discovery Tent, raffles, tours, guided trail walks, and much more!

Ganondagan center stage Pete Jemison Joanne Shenandoah
Peter Jemison with Joanne Shenandoah

Seneca Art & Culture Center

There are always activities taking place at the site, especially since the opening of the beautiful Seneca Art & Cultural Center.

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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.

Ganondagan longhouse

The Hodinöhsö:ni 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.

Ganondagan longhouse

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 Hodinöhsö:ni (Iroquois) Confederacy.

When you visit, try envision the 150 longhouses that once populated Boughton Hill.

The longhouse replica is open between May and October for tours inside.

Ganondagan trails
Ganondagan trails
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Hiking trails on the Ganondagan property

Details about trails, tours, and activities can be found on their website.

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Ganondagan

More information about Ganondagan State Historic Site

Cost: Depends on event and time of year. Check website for specifics.

Located in Victor, roughly 20 minutes / 20 miles from Rochester (get directions)

More information: ganondagan.org/

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