Ganondagan’s Free, 19th Annual Native American Winter Games


A variety of traditional indoor and outdoor Haudenosaunee activities make a full day on Feb. 26

For its 19th annual Native American Winter Games, Ganondagan will again offer numerous Seneca and Haudenosaunee winter experiences, many reflecting back to when
Ganondagan was an active 17th century Seneca village and winter was a busy time both indoors and out.

On Saturday, February 26 from 10 am-4 pm, the public will take part in family-friendly experiences through a variety of traditional Seneca and Haudenosaunee winter activities. These include the competitive game of snowsnake, racing small wooden snowboats (akin to Pinewood Derby), meeting sled dogs and watching a dog sled demonstration, and maple sugar demonstrations. Visitors are also encouraged to bring their own snowshoes to walk the many Ganondagan trails.

Indoors at the Seneca Art & Culture Center visitors will enjoy winter storytelling, traditional Seneca games, wampum and deer learning stations, children’s activities, compliments of WXXI Kids, and delicious Iroquois White Corn inspired foods for purchase, from 11 am - 2:30 pm. Complementary admission to the Seneca Art & Culture Center will allow visitors to learn about the rich history and contemporary life of the Seneca and Haudenosaunee through interactive exhibits, material culture, contemporary art, audio, video, and the Iroquois Creation Story film.

All activities are free and include complimentary admission to the Seneca Art & Culture Center including the Iroquois Creation Story Film. Suggested donation is $10/family, $5/individual. The event takes place with or without snow.

“We are excited to welcome our neighbors to Ganondagan to enjoy our culture, winter traditions and to have some fun! It’s great to be able to share our culture in this way.” Said Ansley Jemison (Seneca). “Typically, people interact with culture in performative or artistic ways. Our Native American Winter games allows us to share each others company, play games, be outside, and enjoy the gifts the Creator has provided us. “




Who: Individuals, families and children in the Rochester area community and Finger Lakes region

What: 19th annual Native American Winter Games

When: 10 am - 4 pm, Saturday, February 26, 2022

Where: Outdoors on the Ganondagan site and indoors at the Seneca Art & Culture Center at Ganondagan, 7000 County Road 41, Victor, NY 14564


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