Friends of Ganondagan announced programs and activities for May 2018 at Ganondagan State Historic Site, 7000 County Road 41, Victor.
Families will participate in a timed relay to experience traditional Seneca women’s roles at 17th-century Ganondagan from 1 to 3 p.m. on May 12. The relay course is 0.36 miles with cradleboard carry, pack basket carry and corn pounding and sifting.
Top three winners will receive a culturally significant trophy. The event is free with admission to Seneca Art and Culture Center. Attendees will have an opportunity to win a family admission pack to the Native American Dance and Music Festival.
Ganondagan will screen and discuss “Lake of Betrayal” from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. on May 19.
The film by Paul Lamont, Scott Sackett and Caleb Abrams explores the history of the Kinzua Dam on Pennsylvania’s Allegheny River and its impact on the Seneca Nation. The 27-mile reservoir that formed inundated vast tracts of ancestral Seneca lands, a breach of the 1794 Canandaigua Treaty. Tickets cost $6, or $5 for Friends of Ganondagan members.
Ganondagan interpreters will share bird-related stories in “Our Messengers the Birds” from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on May 20 while Julie Hunga leads outdoor reflection and medication. Ronnie Reitter will teach participants to make a beaded bird ornament. Dress for the weather, and bring lunch/beverages.
The program costs $25, or $20 for Friends members. Tickets include admission to Seneca Art and Culture Center.
Visit ganondagan.org for information.