Experts and authors recognized for knowledge in Eastern Woodland materials culture will attend the Symposium on Woodland Material Culture and Art on Oct. 20-21 at Ganondagan State Historic Site, 7000 County Road 41, Victor.
The study of material culture is the clothing, housing, tools, art and objects a culture produces. Each piece tells a particular story in the g search to better understand a culture and its people.
“Our goal is to promote the appreciation and facilitate better understanding of Woodland Indian art and material culture, both in an historic context as well as from a modern cultural tradition,” said Michael Galban, Ganondagan curator, public historian and symposium organizer.
The symposium will open at 4 p.m. on Oct. 20., followed by refreshments at 5 p.m. Jolene Rickard, associate professor in history of art and visual studies at Cornell University and director of the American Indian and Indigenous Studies program, will present “Indigenous Objects as Cross Cultural Interlocutors” at 6 p.m.
On Oct. 21, the symposium will run from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Speakers include Michael Galban, curator and interpretive program assistant, Seneca Art and Culture Center at Ganondagan, with “The Last Quilled Bag Left in America”; Alan Gutchess, site director at the Fort Pitt Museum, Heinz History Center in Pittsburgh,with “Brass Tacks and Curious Figures: American Indian Powder Horns”; Kurt Jordan, associate professor of anthropology and American Indian and indigenous studies at Cornell, with “Haudenosaunee Manufacture and Use of Red Stone During the Peak Era, circa 1650-1750”; Mindy Magyar, assistant professor of industrial design at Rochester Institute of Technology, with “​An Indigenous Industrial Designer’s Perspective on Micmac Souvenirs”; Scott Manning Stevens, professor and director of the Native American and indigenous studies program at Syracuse University, “with Tomahawk: From Trade Good to Cultural Icon”; and Nikolaus Stolle, author of “Talking Beads — The History of Wampum,” with “Difficulties of Identification: Mohawk, Kanienkehaka, Knife Sheaths Before 1800.”
The speakers and authors — experts in the field of Eastern Woodland art — will explore and share ways of understanding material objects through images and lectures. The symposium is open to those with an interest in native art, ethnohistory, anthropology and archeology.
Registration costs $100. Call (585) 742-1690 or visit for information.