No snow, no problem for Ganondagan Winter Games

For some, a lack of snow could call a halt to winter fun.

That wasn’t the case for crowds attending Ganondagan State Historic Site’s 15th annual Native American Winter Games.

The day-long celebration Saturday included Iroquois social dancing, storytelling by Perry Ground, traditional open-fire cooking, wampum bracelet-weaving, snow snake skills and dogsled demonstrations.

A steady stream of multi-generational visitors made their way through the Seneca Art & Culture Center for hands-on experiences in every room and beyond its walls.

Five-year-old Connor McGrath, 7-year-old Madeleine Elias and 11-year-old Claire Zhai were among the many children who took in the “Furry Friends and Turtle Tales” event for children. Together they made large turtle stuffed animals to take home and heard stories of how certain animals got their unique features.

Kerri Ingham, an interpretive guide at Ganondagan and volunteer with the White Corn Project, helped children assemble their turtles by hand.

“My favorite part is educating people about the history of this country — the real history,” said Ingham.

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