14th Annual - Native American Winter Games & Sports
Saturday, February 25, 2017 - 10 am to 4 pm
Event will take place with or without snow
Free and Open to the public
Suggested donation $10 per family
During the long harsh winters in Western New York, the Seneca people nestled in their bark longhouses to repair clothing, make tools and prepare for the spring. Despite the winter weather, Seneca people remained active throughout the season. Many of the winter activities that traditionally occupied them outdoors are still in practice today.
Enjoy complimentary admission to the Seneca Art & Culture Center at Ganondagan
Seneca people would make solid wooden “boats” and race them down hills for fun. (Think of the “Pinewood Derby” from scouting) They would make channels in the snow, one for each boat and then release them four at a time down the snowy hills.
We will have a few loaner boats for you to try out – but why not create your own snow-boat and bring it for a test run at Winter Games? Click on the link for plans and instructions to make your own snow boat.
Enjoy the rare chance to try your hand at the game of Snowsnake, a Haudenosaunee sport steeped in tradition.
Friends of Ganondagan has a limited number of snow shoes available for our guests to borrow. If you have your own snow shoes be sure to bring them! Identification is required to borrow snow shoes with a 1 hour limit.
Dog Sledding Demonstrations
Experience the thrill of watching a dog sled team racing across the snow.
Maple Sugaring Demonstrations
Listen to traditional Haudenosaunee legends and stories.
Make and take a winter bird feeder, host by Ganondagan's Conservation Team!
View live demonstrations of crafts practiced by Native people during the winter season.
Delicious Iroquois White Corn inspired food and traditional fare, available for purchase.