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February Fun Week 2/19-2/22, Native American Winter Games 2/23

Join us for family friendly programming during February School Break! Learn traditional winter games, crafts, songs, and listen to Seneca stories though out this week of programming. All programming with the exception of Furry Friends & Tales are included with museum admission.

Winter admission rates: Adult $6.00, Senior & Student (12 yrs-College) $3.00, Child (5-11 yrs) $1.00, FREE for current Friends of Ganondagan Members & Children under 5 yrs.

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Daily Activities

In addition to the Iroquois Creation Story film and the Seneca Art & Culture Center Gallery, these activities will be offered everyday during Native American Winter Fun Week.

Uses of the White Tail Deer: Located in the Lobby, visitors are welcome to look at items on the display table demonstration the many uses of the Whitetail Deer. A docent will be present to answer any questions. Daily from 10 AM- 4 PM

Wampum Learning Center: Located in Classroom 1 come see a display of an assortment of wampum belts, learn how wampum was made, and what it was used for. Have a chance to design your own wampum belt. Most suitable for 4th grade and up, younger children welcome. Daily 10 AM- 4 PM.

Gallery Scavenger Hunt: Come learn new things about history and material culture by doing the Seneca Art & Culture Center scavenger hunt! Finish the scavenger hunt and pick a prize at the front desk. Daily 10 AM-4 PM

Make & Take It: Come join us in Classroom 2 for a different Make & Take It everyday! Tuesday through Friday will feature different craft and traditional stories, see schedule below for more details. Daily at 10 AM & 3 PM

Games, Dance & Songs: Join Bill Crouse (Seneca) in the Auditorium for a different participatory presentation every day! Tuesday through Friday will feature different presentations, see schedule below for more details. Daily at 11:30 AM & 2 PM.

Tuesday, February 19th

Make & Take: Paper Beads Ganondagan is full of evidence of Seneca people re-using items such as re-making old brass kettles into new jewelry. In that tradition come and make your own window ornament or necklace from paper beads made from recycled magazines and calendars. Appropriate for 2nd grade and up. 2 sessions offered: 10 AM & 3 PM

Hand Game: For centuries tribes all over the American continent have played guessing games. This is an intertribal game that has many variations. Participants are divided into groups, and the team with the most points wins. Fun for the whole family! 2 sessions offered: 11:30 AM & 2 PM

Gallery Scavenger Hunt, Wampum Learning Center, & Whitetail Deer Table will be available from 10 AM-4 PM

Wednesday, February 20th

Make & Take: 3 Sisters Participants will learn about the importance of The Three Sisters (corn, beans, and squash) and then will make their own paper version of the crops. Appropriate for ages 5 and up. 2 sessions offered: 10 AM & 3 PM

Hoop Dance: Participants will learn the basic skills and moves for hoop dancing. This is appropriate for 4th grade and up. 2 sessions offered: 11:30 AM & 2 PM

Furry Friends & Rabbit Tales: Participants will hear Native American stories related to the rabbit and then build their own 16" plush brown rabbit to bring home. Appropriate for 2nd grade and up or younger with parent assistance. Pre-registration required- $18 for General Public, $15 for Friends of Ganondagan Members. 1 session 1 PM

Gallery Scavenger Hunt, Wampum Learning Center, & Whitetail Deer Table will be available from 10 AM-4 PM

Thursday, February 21st

Make & Take: Clay Animals Participants will hear Native American animal stories and then will make their own miniature animal out of clay. Appropriate for 2nd grade and up. 2 sessions offered: 10 AM & 3 PM

Bone Dice GameIroquois version of the bone dice games uses eight antler dice cut into pieces. This game is played in teams and is a game of chance. Fun for the whole family! 2 sessions offered: 11:30 AM & 2 PM

Gallery Scavenger Hunt, Wampum Learning Center, & Whitetail Deer Table will be available from 10 AM-4 PM

Friday, February 22nd

Make & Take: "Beaded" Bags Participants will learn about bead work and "sew" a  paper version of a 19th century antique bead work bag . Appropriate for ages 5 and up. 2 sessions offered: 10 AM & 3 PM

Seneca SingingThis workshop gives students a hands on experience with Seneca Social Dance songs. Students will use horn rattles to accompany a lead singer and will learn the history and lyrics of actual Seneca songs. Appropriate for 4th grade and up.  2 sessions offered: 11:30 AM & 2 PM

Furry Friends & Raccoon Tales (SOLD OUT): Participants will hear Native American stories related to the raccoon and then build their own 16" plush raccoon to bring home. Appropriate for 2nd grade and up or younger with parent assistance. Pre-registration required- $18 for General Public, $15 for Friends of Ganondagan Members. 1 session 1 PM- SOLD OUT!

Gallery Scavenger Hunt, Wampum Learning Center, & Whitetail Deer Table will be available from 10 AM-4 PM

Saturday, February 23rd- Native American Winter Games Event

Indoor and outdoor activities include snowsnake, snowboat racing, dog sled demonstration, storytelling, Iroquois Social Dancing, book signings, food for purchase and much more. Suggested donation of $10/family includes free admission to the Seneca Art & Culture Center and free snowshoe rental!

Sponsors

Thank you to our generous sponsors who made these events possible: