Ganondagan State Historic Site
A National Historic Landmark, Ganondagan State Historic Site is the location of the largest and fully interpreted and developed Seneca Indian village of the 17th century. The word ganondagan means "town of peace." Among the notable features of the village was its palisaded granary, which was located on top of a mesa. Today, the site consists of a 17th-century reconstructed longhouse, burial grounds and hiking trails along which are interpretive signs providing information about Seneca customs and beliefs, what crops they grew, the granary, and important events that took place here. In 2015, the Seneca Art and Culture Center opened, affording the site exhibit space for permanent and rotating exhibits.
Backstory and Context
The Seneca would inspire the drafters of the U.S. Constitution. They espoused democratic ideals and, notably, were a matriarchal society. This latter characteristic would inspire those women who began to call for women's suffrage in 1848 at the Seneca Falls Convention.
Homepage. Friends of Ganondagan. Accessed November 18, 2017. http://ganondagan.org.
State of New York. "Governor Cuomo Announces Opening of Seneca Art & Culture Center at Ganondagan State Historic Site." October 22, 2015. https://www.governor.ny.gov/news/governor-cuomo-announces-opening-seneca-art-culture-center-ganondag...
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