Creation Story Comes to Life

Sherrill Fulghum By Sherrill Fulghum, 26th Jun 2015 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL
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The Seneca Nation has passed down the story of their people for generations; now one of those stories is coming to life.

Creation Story

For generations Native cultures have passed down stories orally from their ancestors about their culture and how the world began. Now thanks to the Friends of Ganondagan, Garth Fagan Dance, G. Peter Jemison, and the Rochester Institute of Technology’s School of Film and Animation those stories will come alive in a new film for the first time.

On July 9 the Memorial Art Gallery will host a preview of the “Iroquois Creation Story Film”. The presentation will include musical and dance performances.

The film is based on the words of Seneca Chief John Arthur Gibson whose words were put into print during the 1880s by J.N.B. Hewitt. The Garth Fagan Dancer, Iroquois Social Dancers, Joanne Shenandoah, Haudenosaunee actors and singers, G. Peter Jemison, and Brent Michael Davids have all participated in creating the project which after the screening will become a permanent part of the Seneca Art & Culture Center at Ganondagan with will open later this year in October.

The Memorial Art Gallery is located at 500 University Ave in Rochester, New York. Doors will open at 6pm with the film stating at 7pm. Tickets are $7 for Friends of Ganondagan and members of the Memorial Art Gallery and $10 for non members.

Outside of Rochester, New York (southeast) is a town called Victor; it is the home of the Native American community of the Ganondagan – a Seneca people. The Ganondagan community features a replica of the Seneca Bark Longhouse from the 17th century, many trails around the area, and in October a new interactive Cultural facility will open. Two hundred years ago the area was home to thousands of people, today it is an historic site.

Today many visitors and residents in the western New York area know the Seneca as the Nation with the casinos; but there was a time when the Seneca Nation was one of the six Nations of the Iroquois Confederation that made the area their home. It was the Confederation that spawned the inspiration for the United States Constitution and the equality experienced by the women was what planted the idea of women's rights that began in the western New York town of Seneca Falls.


Creation Story, G Peter Jemison, Ganondagen, Garth Fagan, Joanne Shanendoah, Memorial Art Gallery, Seneca, Victor New York

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Sherrill is an award winning journalist with a speciality in music and entertainment. She is also a photographer.

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