The Friends of Ganondagan, (The Friends) was formed in 1989 to lend physical, spiritual, and financial support to Ganondagan State Historic Site. Located in Victor, New York, it is the only New York State Historic Site dedicated to Native Americans (1987), and the only Seneca town developed and interpreted in the United States.
The Friends are Native Americans and non-Natives who share a common understanding of the significance of the past at the site. The Friends of Ganondagan, Inc. envision Ganondagan State Historic Site 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.
Their mission is to honor and promote Haudenosaunee history and culture and to strengthen traditions through inspirational and transformational programming and other activities at Ganondagan with special emphasis on:
- Encouraging respect and understanding between Native Americans and non-native Americans.
- Collaborating with NYS, Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) and the local community to support and develop Ganondagan State Historic Site.
- Extending values to the public that are alternatives to the popular culture.
- Developing Native American youth and educating them in the wisdom of their elders.
- Collaborating with other indigenous people of the world as well as with diverse religious and ethnic communities to promote the common values of peace, cooperation and respect for each other and the natural world.
Learn more about the Friends of Ganondagan at our Community Cause-Way on Saturday and Sunday. They will be representing the conservation efforts on the site on Saturday with more emphasis on cultural preservation on Sunday, and providing fun activities for kids both days!