Victor, NY— Ganondagan State Historic Site Manager Peter Jemison (Seneca) today announced news about its Indigenous Music & Arts Festival, originally scheduled for July 25-26. 

“Nothing is more important to us than the health and safety of our community, and we take our civic responsibility seriously,” said Jemison. “Sadly, this means we have made the extremely difficult decision to cancel our July Indigenous Music & Arts Festival. This decision wasn’t made lightly as we understand the significant and direct effect the cancellation has on many Native American artisans, demonstrators, musicians, dancers, and storytellers.”

Friends of Ganondagan Program Director Jeanette Miller Jemison (Mohawk) notes that this year’s spring and summer programming and events have been cancelled or rescheduled, including moving the summer’s Hodinöhsöni’ Juried Art Show to October 10–11, 2020

“We will continue to post updates via social media and the website about our open status, programming rescheduling, and new and creative ways we will be engaging with our community” said Miller Jemison.

Although the Seneca Art & Culture Center and the Ganondagan Gift Shop are temporarily closed, the hiking trails remain open and can provide a safe space while social distancing and complying with Governor Cuomo’s “New York State on Pause” Executive Order.