Skä·noñh- Great Law of Peace Center Opening
The Skanonh-Great Law of Peace Center will open to the public with a festival-like atmosphere on November 21st 2015 from 10am to 5pm. The facility, located at 6680 Onondaga Lake Parkway in Liverpool, New York will be a hub of activity as visitors have their first opportunity to experience the culture of the Haudenosaunee like never before. The brand new exhibits will explore the subjects of Skanonh, the Thanksgiving Address, the Creation Story, the Great Law of Peace, Native American/European contact, and Haudenosaunee contributions to the American way of life. The centerpiece of each exhibit section will be an educational film that features Haudenosaunee individuals explaining their heritage and values as they have been passed down from generation to generation. The day will be filled with programs and activities including a book discussion, artist demonstrations, and native music and food. There is no admission fee on Saturday.
There will also be a fundraising dinner the night of Friday November 20th to benefit the Center’s educational programming and exhibits. Tickets for the dinner are $100 per person. Check the Center’s website (www.skanonhcenter.org) for updates and news on the opening. If you would like to be a sponsor of the event, please contact Dan Connors at (315) 428-1864 x319 or Daniel.Connors@cnyhistory.org.
When teaching your children or students about Native Americans, "Don’t refer to traditional regalia or outfits as “costumes.” Costumes are what people wear when they are pretending to be something or someone other than themselves. Today, most Native Americans wear clothing just like everyone else. However, traditional clothing might be worn on special occasions like ceremonies, powwows, festivals, and to show pride in their culture and heritage." (Kay Olan, Mohawk/Wolf Clan)
The Center will host many more events over the next few months. More information can be found on their website at http://www.skanonhcenter.org/