On Saturday, Nov. 8, the Greece Historical Society and Museum will host its fourth annual Native American Day at the Greece Community and Senior Center, 3 Vince Tofany Blvd., from 10 a.m. to noon. The schedule of events includes a special storytelling performance by Perry Ground at 10:15 a.m.
Ground, who has been telling stories for more than 20 years, is a Turtle Clan member of the Onondaga Nation of the Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) Confederacy. He uses storytelling as a means of educating people about the culture, beliefs and history of the Haudenosaunee. Ground is a dynamic storyteller and “has been known to jump off the stage and run right into the audience and make the listener part of the story.” He feels it is a great honor and responsibility to perpetuate the stories he learned from the elders of various North American communities and preserve their oral tradition.
Returning to the event this year is the assistant curator of anthropology at the Rochester Museum and Science Center, George Hamell, with a display of relics such as arrowheads and pottery found at the ancient sites of Seneca hunting and fishing camps, including along Greece’s ponds, the Genesee River, and what is now Latta Road near Our Mother of Sorrows Church.
In addition, Frieda Schultz, a member of the Wolf Clan of the Tuscarora Nation, will be on hand to reminisce about growing up on the reservation near Niagara Falls where her father was a chief and shaman.
All ages are invited to attend this free program. For more information, call the Society at 225-7221.