New York
Iroquois Culture: Yesterday and Today
Learn the story of the Iroquois People from members of the Seneca Hawk Clan as you visit significant sites, speak with historians and enjoy traditional Iroquois music and storytelling.
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Program No. 13364RJ
4 days
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The Iroquois Confederacy, established in the 1400s, united warring Indian nations and established peace in fertile glaciated valleys and mountains of upstate New York. Learn about the legacy of this remarkable culture as you meet members of the Iroquois community and embark on field trips to important sites in Iroquois history. Journey to Ganondagan State Historic Site for presentations by Iroquois educators on their history and culture, and gain a new perspective on Iroquois influences in American representational governance and environmental stewardship.
Activity Level
Easy Going
Walking during field trips, short hikes. Standing up to one hour at a time.
Small Group
Small Group
Love to learn and explore in a small-group setting? These adventures offer small, personal experiences with groups of 10 to 24 participants.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Learn about the influence of Iroquois Clan mothers on the women's suffrage movement during field trips to the Seneca Falls Women's Rights National Historic Park and Ganondagan State Historic Site in Victor, NY.
  • Meet two members of the Seneca Hawk Clan for an in-depth look into traditional music, storytelling and history, plus a native forester's perspective.
  • Enjoy excursions to the Rockwell Museum of Western Art and Corning Museum of Glass.
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Michael DeMunn
Michael is a professional forester and conservationist with the Finger Lakes Land trust. He is also a Seneca (Iroquois) Hawk Clan member, writer and artist. Michael lives near the Finger Lakes National Forest, along the east side of Seneca Lake, and offers tours of regional old growth forest parcels. He is also the forester for the 500 acre Watson Homestead property and has written a forestry management guide for its preservation of particularly exceptional stands of white pine and hemlock. Michael leads woods walks for both the Iroquois and Hiking Road Scholar programs.rams.
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Michael DeMunn
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Dolores Elliott
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Rita Lazore Shauger
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