Native American Celebration Month Events 2009


Native American Month – Ithaca College -- November 2009


Nov. 1-30th:  Flying of the Haudenosaunee and Cayuga Nation Flag, Egbert flagpole

Nov. 16th :


1-1:50pm Perry Ground (Onondaga, Turtle Clan), Haudenosaunee Storytelling; Textor 102

Perry will present traditional Native American stories about the beliefs, customs, and history of the Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) people. Perry brings his stories to life through vivid descriptions, his rhythmic voice, and energetic stage presence. He will also explain the tradition and history of storytelling itself. He has been telling stories for over 17 years as a means of educating people about his culture, beliefs and history. Perry learned most of the stories he shares from elders.

Professionally he has worked in several museums, taught at Syracuse and Cornell Universities, is an active cultural speaker (e.g. Onondaga Nation, National Museum of the American Indian, Buffalo State College, The Smithsonian Center for Education and Museum Studies, The Saratoga Native American Festival, Fort Necessity National Battlefield, Pennsylvania). He is the Director of the Rochester City School District's Native American Resource Center and President of the Friends of Ganondagan.

6:30 pm Perry Ground, "Re-thinking Thanksgiving – A Native American Perspective" History Center, Gateway Plaza 401 E. State St.
The Multicultural Resource Center (MRC) will host this lively and engaging presentation in which Perry Ground will give an overview of the history of this very misunderstood holiday on Monday. The presentation will discuss the actual events of 1621 in Plymouth, the relationship between the English settlers and the Wampanoag who lived in the area and how this story became the holiday we know today.  The concept of thanksgiving held by many Native Americans will be emphasized throughout. 
Although they were not present in Plymouth in 1621, connections to the Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) concepts of Thanksgiving will be discussed so that teachers may utilize this information within their New York Social Studies units on Native Americans.

Dec. 1st (Tuesday):

4-5:15 pm: Ada Jacques (Onondaga Turtle Clan), The Life and Work of an Onondaga Potter; Ithaca Falls Room, Egbert/Phillips Campus Center

Ada will discuss her work as an Onondaga potter and share stories about the meaning of the pottery designs, techniques of production, and her lively and storied life.


7:00 pm: Freida Jacques (Onondaga Turtle Clan), Three Lessons Offered Towards Peace; Textor 102

The Haudenosaunee Confederacy was united by the great Peacemaker over 1,000 years ago. The philosophies of peace that were adopted by the Haudenosaunee long ago continue to guide their culture and they have great relevance for promoting peace in today’s world.


The Haudenosaunee, or the Six Nations Iroquois Confederacy,

have existed on this land since the beginning of human memory.

Our culture is among the most ancient continuously existing

cultures in the world. We still remember the earliest doings of human

beings. We remember the original instructions of the Creators of Life on

this place we call Etenoha—Mother Earth. We are the spiritual guardians

of this place. We are the Ongwhehonwhe—the Real People.


From The Haudenosaunee Address to the Western World, Geneva, Switzerland, 1977


All events are free and open to the public. For more information contact Brooke Hansen, Coordinator, Native American Studies, Ithaca College, or 274-1735




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