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SUBMITTED by Rich Sensenbach, Adirondack Mountain Club (10-Sep-2010)

Genesee Valley Chapter of the Adirondack Mountain Club
Wednesday, October 13, 2010, 6:30 pm
Eisenhart Auditorium
Rochester Museum and Science Center
657 East Avenue

The History, Stories and Tales of Ganondagan by Peter Jemison

G. Peter Jemison is a Heron Clan member of the Seneca Nation of Indians. He is the Historic Site Manager of Ganondagan State Historic Site, the site of a 17th century Seneca Indian town located in Victor, New York. Peter is a professional artist, who in 1998 was honored for “Excellence in Iroquois Arts” by the Governor of New York State. He is a curator of Native American Art and authored Haudenosaunee Living Treasures which appeared in Heritage the magazine of the New York State Historical Association.

  • The Spirit Released A Circle Complete, an exhibition featuring the bone and antler carvings of Stan Hill, was curated by Peter.
  • Images of the American Indian: the Pan-American Exposition Centennial was mounted for the Burchfield -Penney Art Center in Buffalo, New York by Mr. Jemison in October 2001.
  • I am Wiping Away the Tears” a video that Peter directed was reviewed in Art in America, October 2006.
  • The Two Row” a video about a treaty between the Dutch and the Mohawk made in 1613, was reviewed in the New York Times in September 2009.
  • The video “Mary Jemison” is a work in progress for a larger piece examining the life of Mary who was adopted by the Seneca in 1755.
Peter is the co-editor of TREATY OF CANANDAIGUA 1794, 200 Years of Treaty Relations between the Iroquois Confederacy and the United States. He served as the co-chairman of the Canandaigua Treaty Commemoration Committee in 1994. Peter also served on the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation for three years beginning in 2005. He is also a past member of the Board of Directors for the American Association of Museums. .His other writing includes articles on repatriation of sacred objects, cultural patrimony, and human remains to the Haudenosaunee and essays about Ganondagan. He currently represents the Seneca Nation of Indians on matters of repatriation. Peter has curated the Iroquois Biennial for the Fenimore Art Museum in Cooperstown since 2000.

This event is free and open to the public. For more information, call the club hotline at 987-1717 or vist www.gvc-adk.org. The meeting is handicapped accessible and interpreters for the deaf are available by calling 394-5856 one week before the meeting.

The Genesee Valley Chapter of the Adirondack Mountain Club is the second largest chapter with almost 3,000 members. We offer local area hikes every weekend and events for all seasons as well. Event information is available at www.gvc-adk.org or by calling the chapter hotline at 987-1717.


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