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.
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When Robert Weil started collecting images for the Contemporary Makers book in 1973 the challenge to record contemporary gun work was daunting. Gathering material was difficult and time consuming. Few makers thought that there was any value in published documentation of their work. Electronic publishing has changed all that. Having a website or having one's work available to view on the internet is becoming a necessity. In spite of all the potential to finally have a true overview of what's being produced by the artists of today, a great deal of work still remains covered up and basically unknown. Our role is to make an effort to document some portion of what’s going on today. To comment on the established makers and to uncover the unknown. We welcome your comments and suggestions and look to you our readers to make us aware of the talented makers out there. Art and Jan Riser Robert Weil and The Makers