“The Gayogo̱hó꞉nǫ\’ and Deyodi:ho:nǫˀ People and Tutelo Park” Adding layers of meaning to the land now named Tutelo Park

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Date(s) - 05/06/2023
11:00 am - 3:00 pm




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“The Gayogo̱hó꞉nǫ’ and Deyodi:ho:nǫˀ People and Tutelo Park”

-Adding layers of meaning to the land now named Tutelo Park-

Date: May 6, 2023, 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.                                                                         Location: Tutelo Park, Bostwick Road, Town of Ithaca

Hosted by the Town of Ithaca, with input from Gayogo̱hó꞉nǫ representatives and other Haudenosaunee nations.


Words Before All Else: Sachem George, Gayogo̱hó꞉nǫʼ Bear Clan.

Relationships among the Gayogo̱hó꞉nǫ’ and the Deyodi:ho:nǫˀ

Hohahi:s-Leroy “Jock” Hill, Member of the Gayogo̱hó꞉nǫʼ Bear Clan and Professor of Indigenous Knowledge, and Cultural Advisor (invited); remarks from Dr. Crystal Cavalier-Keck, a citizen of the Occaneechi Band of the Saponi Nation, and Kurt Jordan, Associate Professor of Anthropology and American Indian and Indigenous Studies at Cornell University.

Gayogo̱hó꞉nǫɁ language and landscape

Steven Henhawk, Gayogo̱hó꞉nǫɁ language teacher and historian. Honoring those who lived on the land and those who were given responsibility for being caretakers of the land.

Tree planting and remarks

Potential future Tutelo Park amenities.

Closing words

Chief Steve Jacobs, Gayogo̱hó꞉nǫʼ (invited).


  • The History Center in Tompkins County will be there with copies of: “The Gayogo̱hó꞉nǫ’ People in the Cayuga Lake Region” by Kurt Jordan
  • Leon Ginenthal and Town of Ithaca Conservation Board members will give guided tours of the future ethnobotanic trail
  • Frederic Gleach, Senior Lecturer & Curator of the Anthropology Collections, Cornell University will discuss indigenous artifacts (from The History Center in Tompkins County’s collection)
  • Ansley Jemison, Cultural Liaison, Ganondagan State Historic Site and Lacrosse demonstrator will discuss the many roles that lacrosse played culturally and will demonstrate techniques with traditional wooden sticks
  • Food vendors will be available throughout the event


Grayhaven Motel is providing a limited number of discounted rooms for the weekend

Booking link


This program is made possible, in part, by a grant from the Tompkins County Tourism program. The Town’s Conservation Board is also a supporter.


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