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Saturday, December 4th; 10 AM - 4 PM

Native American Culture, Dancing, Food, Holiday Gift Market, & Raffles

Ganondagan’s Native American Winter Arts Festival invites public to immerse themselves in Native American culture

On Saturday, December 4, from 10 am - 4 pm, experience Haudenosaunee culture while shopping for that one-of-a-kind holiday gift. Ganondagan’s Native American Winter Arts Festival is FREE and open to the public! Enjoy holiday shopping from Haudenosaunee vendors and at the Ganondagan Gift Shop for handcrafted jewelry, pottery, beadwork, artwork, cornhusk dolls, clothing, books, and more. Watch Iroquois Social Dancing, hear traditional storytelling, plus with free museum admission, enjoy the exhibit gallery and the Iroquois Creation Story film. Haudenosaunee inspired food will be available for purchase. In light of the increased transmission rates of COVID, we ask that all visitors wear a mask while inside the Seneca Art & Culture Center.

This event is FREE and open to the public!

Volunteers Needed!

Do you have extra time this Saturday to help make our Native American Winter Arts Festival possible? Sign-up for a volunteer slot on Sign Up Genius using the clicking on the "Volunteer" button.  Nya:wëh (Thank you)!


Iroquois Social Dancing

12:30 & 3 PM in the Auditorium

Join us in welcoming Alleghany River Dancers back to Ganondagan for Iroquois Social Dancing! A great way to learn about Haudenosaunee regalia, music, and social dances; come out and see this group's educational and entertaining demonstration. 

Traditional Storytelling

2:00 PM in the Auditorium

As our days shorten and we enter the cold winter season, we also enter storytelling season! Stories are told to teach values, entertain, and help people understand the world around them. Come out and list to traditional stories as told by Ronnie Reitter (Seneca, Wolf Clan).

Wampum Learning Center

10 AM - 3:30 PM in Classroom 1

Come out and learn about wampum! See how wampum beads were made, how belts are woven and see many examples of various wampum belts. Bring your questions and your curiosity!

Gifts of the White Tail Deer

10 AM - 3:30 PM in Classroom 1

Come out and learn about White Tail Deer! White Tail Deer acted as important source of food for the Haudenosaunee, but that is not all that they provided, from their bodies came leather, sinew, bone tools, fur for bedding and adornments, antler for carving jewelry, and beads and so much more! Come see the many gifts that the White Tail Deer provide.

Nya:wëh!

This program was made possible by the generous support of NY Council on the Arts