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Save Ganondagan Effor Successful, Site Opens May 1

April , 27, 2010 – Ganondagan State Historic Site announces that it will open on May 1, thanks to generous donations from the Seneca Nation of Indians and private supporters. These contributions will fund operational expenses, counteracting funding delays from New York State, due to lack of state budget finalization.“It was touch and go for a while, but we’re delighted to be opening on May 1st,” said Friends of Ganondagan Executive Director, Jeanette Miller. “We are celebrating the fact that we will be able to offer the year-round educational programming we had originally planned.”Ganondagan’s educational programming for May through July includes the following events and activities:Saturday, May 8, 2010, 9:30 a.m.–12 Noon – Water Critters of GanondaganCollect and identify aquatic insects with educators from the Canandaigua Lake Watershed Association to determine the health of Ganondagan’s watershed. Friends of Ganondagan Members $3, Member Family $10; Non-Member individuals $5, Non-member family $15. (all ages)Saturday, May 8, 2010, 1 p.m.–3 p.m. – The True Tale of the Beavers at GanondaganWalk to Ganondagan’s Beaver Dam and learn about the era of fur trade and the important role the beaver played. Friends of Ganondagan Members $3, Member family $10; Non-Member individuals $5, Non-member family $15. (Recommended for ages 10+)Sunday, June 6, 2010, 9:30 a.m. –12 Noon – Medicine Plant Hike Explore the Earth is Our Mother Trail to discover the benevolent natural world at Ganondagan. Friends of Ganondagan Members $3, Member family $10; Non-Member individuals $5, Non-member family $15. (Recommended for ages 10+)Sunday, June 13, 2010, 2 p.m.–4 p.m. – Traditional Game Day at GanondaganPlay traditional Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) sports and games such as archery, atlatl, hoop and javelin and long ball. Friends of Ganondagan Members $3, Member family $10; Non-Member individuals $5, Non-member family $15. (All ages)Saturday, July 10, 2010, 1:30 p.m-3 p.m.- Tales & Trails at GanondaganWalk Ganondagan’s easiest trail and discover traditional tales of our four-legged and winged friends. Friends of Ganondagan Members $3, Member family $10; Non-Member individuals $5, Non-member family $15. (All ages)Saturday, July 24, Sunday July 25, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. – Ganondagan’s 19th Annual Native American Dance & Music FestivalNative entertainers perform traditional and contemporary dance and music. The festival also includes a Native arts market with 60+ artisans, traditional foods and cooking demonstration, workshops, children’s activities, an opportunity to tour an authentic Seneca bark longhouse replica and more! This year’s special guests include the Navajo Code Talkers, the Plateros and the Buffalo Creek Dancers. ! Adults $10, Senior (62+), Student (13+), Friends of Ganondagan Member without event pass, or Native American Adult w/ Tribal ID $7; Children 4 – 12 years $3, Children 3 or younger and Friends of Ganondagan Members with event pass Free; Family rate $40. (All ages)For full program descriptions, pricing, location of events and more information, visit www.ganondagan.org or call 585.742-1690.Ganondagan State Historic Site is the former location of the largest Seneca Village in New York State until 1687. It is the only the only U.S. national landmark east of the Mississippi River and the sole New York State Historic Site dedicated to Native American History and Culture. It was also designated as a national treasure during the “Save America’s Treasures” presidential tour.Today, visitors can tour an authentic replica of a 17th Century bark longhouse and hunting lodge, take self-guided tours over 600 acres that were once part of this Town of Peace belonging to the Senecas. The Senecas were “the Keepers of the Western Door” and part of the Iroquois Confederacy or Haudenosaunee, as they referred to themselves.

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