Welcome! The History Center is requiring that all visitors continue to wear masks inside the Tompkins Center for History & Culture. Our visitors include young audiences and others who are unable to be vaccinated. We appreciate your respect and awareness in following our Health & Safety Protocols to keep all our visitors safe.
Tompkins County is located in the traditional homelands of the Gayogo̱hó:nǫ' (Cayuga Nation). The Gayogo̱hó꞉nǫ’, "People from the Swampy Land", are one of the Six Nations of the Haudenosaunee Confederacy (sometimes referred to as Iroquois). Tompkins County was also home to the native nations adopted by the Gayogo̱hó꞉nǫ’; Saponinis and the Tutelos, who fled to this region in the mid 1700's, escaping colonization by European immigrants father south. We recognize the continuing presence of the Gayogo̱hó꞉nǫ’ on this land and respect their long stewardship and history in the Finger Lakes region.
Ithaca Mayor Svante Myrick with Brandon Lazore (Onondaga) and Lazore's design for the Two Row Renewal Mural located on Green Street in downtown Ithaca. 2013.
NATIVE AMERICAN HERITAGE MONTH
PRESENTATIONS & ONLINE LEARNING RESOURCES
LESSON PLANS FOR NATIVE AMERICAN HERITAGE & HISTORY
LEARN ABOUT THE HAUDENOSAUNEE/IROQUOIS
Visit The History Center in Tompkins County and explore our items on display on loan from multiple nations in the Haudenosaunee Confederacy, and the collaborative creation story video at the entrance to our Timeline Tunnel exhibit. Explore our Haudenosaunee History playlist on YouTube for added video learning resources.
Visit Ganondagan State Historic Site and Seneca Art & Culture Center in Victor NY. Ganondagan State Historic Site located in Victor, NY is a National Historic Landmark, the only New York State Historic Site dedicated to a Native American theme (1987), and the only Seneca town developed and interpreted in the United States. Spanning 569 acres, Ganondagan (ga·NON·da·gan) is the original site of a 17th century Seneca town, that existed there peacefully more than 350 years ago. The culture, art, agriculture, and government of the Seneca people influenced our modern understanding of equality, democratic government, women’s rights, ecology and natural foods.
Iroquois Indian Museum in Howes Cave NY is closed to the public until April 2021. Explore their digitized online collections, Research Library, and virtual field trips. The Iroquois Indian Museum is an educational institution dedicated to fostering understanding of Iroquois culture using Iroquois art as a window to that culture. The Museum is a venue for promoting Iroquois art and artists, and a meeting place for all peoples to celebrate Iroquois culture and diversity. As an anthropological institution, it is informed by research on archaeology, history, and the common creative spirit of modern artists and craftspeople.
Seneca-Iroquois Museum in Salamanca NY proudly houses an extensive collection of Hodinöhsö:ni’ historical and traditionally designed decorative and every-day-use items and archaeological artifacts. SINM, along with the Seneca Nation Archives Department, are the safe keepers of historical documents, including articles, special publications, historical and family photographs and various multi-media productions regarding the Onöndowa’ga:’ and Hodinöhsö:ni’.