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
Walking during field trips, short hikes. Standing up to one hour at a time.
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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Bill Crouse
Bill Crouse is a Seneca Hawk clan member and a Faith keeper of the Coldspring Longhouse on the Allegany Territory. He serves as territorial coordinator for the Seneca Language Department and has led the Allegany River Indian Dancers for over 25 years, a prestigious group that has performed throughout North American and Europe. He also works as a freelance artist and curriculum developer, and he offers unique presentations through stories, drawing, dance and singing that impart an in-depth understanding of his culture.
Bill Crouse
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