Saturday, July 25, 2015

Symposium on Eastern Woodland Material Culture & Art

Seneca Art & Culture Center at Ganondagan 7100 County Road 41, Victor, NY
Friday, October 16 (5-9 pm), and Saturday, October 17, 8 am – 5:30 pm.
Admission: $100/person; $90/early registration (by July 26); $85/Friends of Ganondagan members

The Symposium on Eastern Woodland Material Material Culture & Art, is a collaboration between Friends of Ganondagan and Ganondagan State Historic Site. It is the first event to take place at the new Seneca Art & Culture Center at Ganondagan.
The study of material culture—the clothing, housing, tools, art, and any objects a culture produces—helps bring humanity to life. Each piece tells a particular story in the challenging search to more fully to understand a culture and its people.
Through images and lectures, the eight speakers—experts in the field of Eastern Woodland (including Haudenosaunee, or Iroquois) art—will explore and share the many ways of understanding material objects. Scholars as well as those interested in Native art, ethno-history, anthropology, archeology, and more will find the symposium appealing. With the majority of guest speakers Native American, the conference will synthesize classical study of material culture with the unique Native American perspectives on cultural meaning and value. 
Opening reception and keynote address begin at 6 pm on Friday evening, October 16, with Rick Hill (Tuscarora) speaking on “A Sense of Beauty: Seneca Aesthetics.” Saturday, October 17 will be filled from 8 am – 5:30 pm with seven speakers discussing topics ranging from “Quill-decorated Trapezoidal Pouches” and “Anishinaabe Cosmology Woven into Art” to “Baby Carriers and Traditional Knowledge” and much more. All events take place at the Seneca Art & Culture Center at Ganondagan, 7100 County Road 41 in Victor. 
Copy and photos here as well as additional information.

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