Iroquois White Corn Project

Ganondagan

Here's a bit of a background about Ganondagan State Historic Site and the non-profit Friends of Ganondagan that oversees the Iroquois White Corn Project.

Historically, Ganondagan (translated as Town of Peace) was a center of Seneca life, and home to approximately 4,500 people living in 150 longhouses. In 1687, the French brought war to the Seneca people, hoping to take their lands at the mouth of the Niagara River and establish a foothold in the western fur trade. More than half a million bushels of Ganondagan's stored and standing corn were destroyed. The people put up a resistance and a minor battle took place north of the town, with the rest of the Seneca seeking refuge with the Cayuga, never returning to Ganondagan.

Ganondagan State Historic Site was established in 1987 as the only New York State Historic Site dedicated to Native Americans. It is a destination connecting its visitors to the living culture and natural world of the Seneca people at their historic Town of Peace. Additionally, it is:

  • A National Landmark (declared in 1964) by the U. S. Department of the Interior
     
  • Listed in the National Register of Historic Places 
     
  • The only ancient Seneca town developed and interpreted in the United States 
     
  • The most revered landmark to Seneca people and a significant historical site to all Six Iroquois Nations (Haudenosaunee)
     
  • The only active educational link between the original Seneca inhabitants of the Greater Monroe and Ontario county communities and contemporary New York residents
     
  • The location of the only full-sized replica of a 17th-century Seneca bark longhouse 
     
  • Designated an official "Save America's Treasures Site" by the Federal Government

In 1989, the non-profit Friends of Ganondagan was formed to support the work of the Historic Site, which it acknowledges as the internationally recognized resource for Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) history, culture and living traditions that express universal ideals of peace, cooperation, and respect for each other and the natural world. Through its members, donors, and supporters, the Friends presents a wide variety of public programming and activities--including workshops, lectures, and annual events such as its signature Native American Dance and Music Festival.

In July 2015, the new Seneca Art and Culture Center opens at Ganondagan, fulfilling a 30-year vision of a permanent, year-round interpretive facility to tell the more than 2,000-year-old story of Seneca and Haudenosaunee contributions to art, culture and society.

We welcome you to browse the Ganondagan pages, and hope to see you at the Site. Nya:weh (thank you).