Happy Thanksgiving!!

From some of the cute little children that I have the pleasure of working with! They were about to give a play, so there was Mr. Turkey and some Pilgrims and Native Americans.

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I sincerely hope everyone has a wonderful, happy and healthy day!

Bridges From the Past

Today I attended my regional Archives Week Celebration at Genesee Country Village & Museum in Mumford, NY. Here’s the cover of the program:
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And this was my nametag:

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My name on a NY State historic marker – how cool is that? Hee hee.

All of the speakers were awesome! First up, Joan from the Nunda Historical Society who discussed the birth of an historical society; next Joe from The Museum of Wayne County History who discussed how to build an audience through artifacts, and how he and his volunteers totally redid the museum; then JoAnn from Heritage Square in Ontario who, among many things, boasts the oldest Sugar Maple tree in NY State (which I’ll be checking out); Leonora from the William Pryor Letchworth Museum which has been redone (remember my previous post about Letchworth Park on Labor Day weekend); and Connie from the Genesee Country Village & Museum (link above) who discussed Interpretive Planning.

Lunch was phenomenal – people – they had a vegeterian dish, along with cooked zucchini and yellow squash, and mixed greens salad – I was in heaven! (Last spring I went to an event at the same place and they had turkey and beef sandwiches – yeah, were does that leave me (previous post mentions I’m a vegan vegeterian)? Yup, I was left pretty hungry). Lunch hour was actually an hour and a half, so I went to the John L. Wehle Art Gallery and saw some really cool landscape art and African animal art and birds of prey statues (sorry, I don’t think I could have brought my camera inside the museum).

After lunch we heard from Peter, a Seneca Indian of the Heron clan, who is eight generations removed from Mary Jemison (now I have to read about Mary Jemison’s life, and you may want to also) – he was from the Ganondagan Historic Site, which is on original Seneca Indian land (here you can really see drumlins and kames from glacial activity) – he opened his talk with a Thanksgiving using the Seneca language (why is it I could listen to the Native Americans talk all day – probably because they have much to say); Carol the Town of Ogden and Village of Spencerport historian who discussed a Trolley Depot that has been restored and moved to it’s new home on East Ave. along the Erie Canal in Spencerport and about to open up to the public – I’ll be going (I couldn’t find a website for her historical society – hmmm, I’ll have to find out about this, because Carol showed some awesome photos today); and Ove and Gerry from GAGV Library and Archives. and last, but not least, James L. who is the regional DHP person who put this whole thing together.

Susan Gets Native asked what she could do to celebrate Ohio Archives Week, which is this week also! Happy Ohio Archives week Susan! Basically, by photographing your daily events and blogging, you are recording your history and creating your own personal archives! Pretty cool, huh? Also, does the RAPTOR Center have an archives, even just a filing cabinet of stuff?

I’m so excited, I have two more days of exciting events going on – tomorrow has nothing to do with archives week, but a trip to a local museum with my Mum to see a travelling exhibition of . . ., well, I’ll blog about it later! Friday is a trip to OHA with my Dad for, well, that’s for later, too! For now, I have tons of emails and blogs I’m behind on reading.

Saratoga Native American Festival, part II

One of the mini-lectures we listened to was given by Mike “Wahrare” Tarbell of the Mohawk, Turtle Clan, who is a Professor of Native American History at SUNY Cobleskill. He is also an Educator at the Iroquois Indian Museum. He talked about the art of making hunting tools, including arrowheads, bows, spears, atlatls, knives and warclubs. When a baby boy is born, the father cuts a bow from White Ash or Hickory for the boy, and lets it cure for 14 years until the boy is old enough to use it. Until then, he is taught many things, including how to be quiet so he won’t scare animals away while hunting, using the outdoors as his classroom. Making arrowheads is an old art that cannot be replicated with modern tools – he has tried and failed. When he used the tools of old, he was able to replicate a very smooth, sharp arrowhead from flint. Some of the ancient tools he hasn’t been able to replicate. He also told us that when they kill a deer, for example, they use every bit of the deer. They even make glue from the deer! He was a riveting speaker, and I wish I lived near Cobleskill so I could take his history course!  I’ll be looking for him to appear on the schedule at other Native American festivals I like to attend.
I’m sorry I was shy about taking photos of him and his tools while he was giving his lecture.

Saratoga Native American Festival

Mom and I went to Saratoga Springs this weekend, with the express purpose of attending the Saratoga Native American Festival held at The Saratoga Spa State Park. The Algonquian and Iroquoian Peoples were represented at this festival. Below are photos of the Grand Entrance Ceremony and Flag Ceremony. I *love* their beautiful regalia.

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I love the little people!

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We were allowed to photograph / take videos of this event, but there are certain sacred events that we aren’t allowed to photograph. I’m glad they clarified this because I was being respectful and kept the camera tucked away until the announcer said it was okay.

Here’s the Flag Ceremony:

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The white guy in the yellow shirt is a Veteran of some war and he is holding the Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) flag, the Native American lady is holding the Mohican Nation flag, a Native American man is holding the American flag, and I’m not sure what the fourth flag represents.

I attended Middle School and High School with the Onondagas (part of the Iroquois), so some of our history lessons involved the Native Americans, which, along with having them as classmates, provided me with a great appreciation for them. More later!

Drums Along the Hudson – Day 4 of FLCC Horticulture Trip

A Native American Festival & Shad Fest. . . what? On a Horticulture Trip? Yup, one of the students on the trip was an Oneida Indian, and his friend was in this festival, so we stopped there. It was located in Inwood Hill Park, near Columbia University. I enjoyed looking at the Indian artwork, and in fact, as I’m writing this, I’m sitting here wearing a T-shirt I bought there. It has animals and feathers all over the front. I should take a photo of it sometime because it is really nice. There was also dancing – I like watching and looking at the clothes – they’re so beautiful.

Drums Along the Hudson – Day 4 of FLCC Horticulture Trip

A Native American Festival & Shad Fest. . . what? On a Horticulture Trip? Yup, one of the students on the trip was an Oneida Indian, and his friend was in this festival, so we stopped there. It was located in Inwood Hill Park, near Columbia University. I enjoyed looking at the Indian artwork, and in fact, as I’m writing this, I’m sitting here wearing a T-shirt I bought there. It has animals and feathers all over the front. I should take a photo of it sometime because it is really nice. There was also dancing – I like watching and looking at the clothes – they’re so beautiful.