The Iroquois, or Haudenosaunee, (“People of the Longhouse”), are a northeast Native American confederacy in North America. They were known during the colonial years to the French as the Iroquois League, and later as the Iroquois Confederacy, and to other European immigrants as the Five Nations, comprising the Mohawk, Onondaga, Oneida, Cayuga, and Seneca. After 1722, they accepted the Tuscarora people from the Southeast into their confederacy, and became known as the Six Nations.
The International Coalition of Sites of Conscience is set to host two events on Haudenosaunee culture and women and how they relate to museum and memorial sites, on December 12th and 13th, at the Seneca Art & Culture Center in Victor.
On Thursday, December 12th at 7 pm, Linda Norris, the Global Programs Director at the International Coalition of Sites of Conscience will facilitate a discussion entitled Rethinking the Landscape: Haudenosaunee Women. Four women who are scholars, artists, and activists will rethink the landscape of Haudenosaunee homeland – and upstate New York. They will answer questions such as: How are Haudenosaunee women absent from memorials and museums? What innovative ways might their lives, past and present, be commemorated on the landscape? This discussion is free and open to all. To RSVP, click here.
On Friday, December 13th, from 10 am to 4 pm, Linda Norris is set to facilitate a one-day workshop on how museums, historical societies, and local communities can deepen and richen their understanding of Haudenosaunee culture and develop tools for revisioning exhibitions, programs, and public spaces. Tickets are $30 and lunch is included. For more information on the workshop or to buy tickets, click here.
The International Coalition of Sites of Conscience is a global network of historic sites, museums, and memorials dedicated to using the past to address human rights today. With over 275 members in 65 countries, the Coalition continues to expand. Members vary in size and subject matter from the Tenement Museum and Ellis Island in NY to the National Center for Civil and Human Rights in Atlanta, Maison des Esclaves in Senegal, and the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum in Cambodia – but they all have one thing in common: using the power of memory and history to spark action and engagement.
The Seneca Art & Culture Center is located at Ganondagan, 7000 County Road 41 (Boughton Hill Road), in Victor, Ontario County, NY.