Ganondagan Living History. September 24th, 2022; Images of Haudenosaunee man in 18th century clothing in front of a bark longhouseImage Credit: Kevin Vickers

Experience Hodinöhsö:ni’ History, Culture, and Traditions- Food & Fiber

September 24th, 2022; 10 AM - 4 PM

Ganondagan’s annual Living History event is a popular day for visitors to immerse themselves in all various aspects of the living culture of the Hodinöhsö:ni’ people. Hodinöhsö:ni’ History, Culture and Traditions features 18th century reenactors, demonstrations of cordage making and basket making, cooking cornbread wheels, storytelling, Iroquois Social Dancing, hands on activities such as making your own cornhusk doll, games, food available for purchase by Iroquois Eatery and more!


Admission is Donation Based – Suggested Donation $5 per person/$10 per family

Rochester Area Community Foundation Logo

This event is sponsored by the Rochester Area Community Foundation, with special thanks to Creatives Rebuild NY and Fairport PTA

Living History Highlights

For the full schedule please click on the button above.

Guided tour of SACC Gallery

Interpretive Tour of Exhibits in Gallery

Enjoy a guided interpretive tour of the exhibits in the Seneca Art & Culture Center Gallery. Our knowledgeable Cultural Interpreters will give lead your group through some of the exhibits giving you the opportunity to get a better understanding of the exhibits and ask questions.

Tonia Galban demonstrating basket weaving for a crowd

Traditional Arts Demonstrations

10:30 AM- 12 PM, 1:30 PM - 3 PM Cordage Demonstration with Jamie Jacobs (Seneca)

10:30 AM - 12 PM, 1:30 PM- 3 PM Basket Demonstrations with Tonia Loran Galban (Mohawk)

10:30 AM - 12 PM, 1:30 PM- 3 PM Traditional Iroquois White Cornbread making with Andrea Cooke (Onondaga)

Come and see traditional artisans demonstrate centuries old art forms for the public to see. Cordage & Basket Demonstration will be inside the main tent, Iroquois White Cornbread demonstration will be in the small tent outside of the Seneca Bark Longhouse.

cornhusk doll

Cornhusk Doll Workshop

10:30 AM & 1:30 PM

Try your hand at making your own cornhusk doll with instructor, Ronnie Reitter (Seneca) in the main tent. Space limited to first 15 children in attendance (no adults). 

Perry Ground wearing an Onondaga gustoweh and ribbon shirt telling a story to a crowd


12:30 PM - 1:15 PM

Come listen to crowd favorite storyteller, Perry Ground (Onondaga) in the main tent.

Group of men and women wearing Haudenosaunee regalia

Traditional Haudenosaunee Dance Performance

12 PM & 3 PM

Don't miss your chance to see Allegany River Seneca Dancers performance in the main tent. Each performance will be 30 minutes.

Traditional Games

Kids are welcome and encouraged to try their hand at traditional games! 

10:30 AM- 12 PM, 1:30 PM- 3 PM: Hoop & Javelin

A challenging game in which players try to throw their javelin through a moving target (the hoop). Located behind the Seneca Bark Longhouse.

Map of Ganondagan grounds set up for Living History event


Parking is available in both the Seneca Art & Culture parking lot and the "event parking" field. There will be reserved Accessible Parking spots in the SACC lot. Passengers can also be dropped off at either the SACC plaza or at the edge of the "Event Parking".