Ganondagan State Historic Site, 7000 County Road 41, Victor, will offer a day of traditional, participatory Native American Winter Games from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Feb. 24.
Admission is a suggested donation of $10 per family and $5 per person, with a separate fee and registration for “Furry Friends and Turtle Tales.” Food for purchase includes Iroquois white corn pancakes, locally sourced real maple syrup and sausages.
“We believe in the importance of sharing traditions with the local community,” said Meg Joseph, executive director, Friends of Ganondagan. “That includes Seneca and Haudenosaunee winter activities. Historically, winter was a time for many indoor activities like storytelling, but also for outdoor fun. We know our visitors will enjoy many of our new activities, including our special ‘Furry Friends and Turtle Tales,’ as well as those they love from past years.”
Activities include wampum bracelet making at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.; dog sled racing with Jo Lynn Stresing, of Kindred Moon Kennels, from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.; snowsnake, snowboats and snowshoeing from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Iroquois social dancing with Bill Crouse and the Allegany River Dancers at 11:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.; storytelling with Perry Ground at 12:15 p.m. and 3:15 p.m.; and a book signing with “Under of Kindred Moon” by Stresing from 2 to 3 p.m.
The “Furry Friends and Turtle Tales” workshop at 1:30 p.m. is open to children in grades 2 and older with a parent. Participants will hear turtle stories before building a turtle stuffed animal. Registration is required by Feb. 19. The workshop costs $18 for the general public, or $15 for Friends of Ganondagan members. Call (585) 742-1690 or email meg@ganondagan.org for information.
Seneca Art and Culture Center visitors can tour the Wampum Learning Center and other exhibits, view “The Iroquois Creation Story” and participate in various children’s activities throughout the day. Food will be available for purchase from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Visit ganondagan.org for information.