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‘Dream Come True’: 10 Images from Seneca Art & Culture Center Opening

There was basketmaking, a gallery to explore, Iroquois social dances, storytelling, and lots to learn at the opening of Seneca Art & Culture Center.

Ganondagan State Historic Site Manager G. Peter Jemison (Heron Clan/Seneca) calls the opening of the Seneca Art & Culture Center at Ganondagan a “dream come true.” It’s something he’s been working toward personally for 30 years. The doors to the center opened on October 24, and the day included basketmaking demonstrations, Iroquois social dancing, storytelling, and the showing of the Iroquois creation story.

It was a fun day of learning and exploring the Seneca culture, history, and lifestyle.

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Check out how much fun everyone had:

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The youngest dancer, Liam Dowdy, 2, at the grand opening festivities of the Seneca Art & Culture Center stole the crowd’s attention.

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Kids will be kids when showing their dance skills all day.

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Colorful baskets were available for purchase during the grand opening of the Seneca Art & Culture Center on October 24. These beauties were made by Robin Lazore, Mohawk, Snipe Clan Akwesasne.

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An attendee of the October 24 grand opening of the Seneca Art & Culture Center checks out the interactive longhouse exhibit in the gallery.

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Michael Galban, Ganondagan curator and content expert, explains how the Marquis de Denonville raided the Seneca village in 1687.

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Storyteller Tonia Loran-GalBan, Bear Clan Awkwesane, wowed the crowd with her tales.

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These girls are all ready to dance in the new auditorium of the Seneca Art & Culture Center at Ganondagan.

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Michael Galban, Ganondagan curator and content expert, explains some facets of everyday Seneca life at Ganondagan in the 17th century to an attendee at the grand opening of the Seneca Art & Culture Center on October 24.

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Apparently joining in every dance tired Liam Dowdy, 2, right out.