Seneca-Iroquois National Museum
82 W. Hetzel St, Salamanca, NY 14779 - United States
The Onöhsagwë:de’ (Oh-Noan-Saw-Gwand-Ate) Cultural Center is the new home of the Seneca-Iroquois National Museum and the Seneca Nation Archives Department. The cultural center is named after Richard Johnny-John. Born in 1914, Richard Johnny-John was a great storyteller, dancer, singer and also a member of the Allegany Singing Society. He was President of the Treaty of the 1794 Drum, Allegany Indian River Dancers, and was an active member of the Allegany Indian Reservation Volunteer Fire Department. Gwë:de’ (shortened version/nickname) taught Iroquois culture and Seneca language in the Salamanca City Central School, and at various colleges and universities in the Eastern United States.
This new building has been 40 years in the making. Since the opening of the first Museum in 1977, it has been the collective effort of tribal officials and members to see us be able to take the next step to share our culture and history with everyone.
We opened the doors to the Onöhsagwë:de’ Cultural Center on August 4, 2018. We are constantly working on expanding our exhibits to enhance our guests experience and interaction with our collection.
Not only do our exhibits each have their own story but so does our building in design and layout.
Visitors to the museum can enjoy not only our exhibits but also a Gift Shop featuring a vast selection of clothing, books and media in addition to handmade items from skilled artisans from across the Six Nations of the Haudenosuanee people. We offer special events in our new outdoor amphitheater and programming for kids and adults. The culture center has a 3-d printer lab for workshops and demonstrations.
Guests can also enjoy the outside grounds of the cultural center with a walking trail, community garden, and during Memorial Day weekend and Labor Day weekend, guests will have access to a large playground. We have a very knowledgeable staff that is available for guided tours and questions.
For questions or more information, please call (716)-945-1760 or visit our website at www.senecamuseum.org
Located directly across from the Seneca Allegany Casino at Exit 20 on I86.
On August 4th, 2019 we opened our newest exhibit, "Indian Ink".
This exhibit speaks to the traditional and historical uses of tattoos relating to the Haudenosuanee (Iroquois) people. In addition, visitors can see pictures of tattoos from members of modern Haudenosuanee communities.
We recently added an interactive touch screen that incorporates GIS to the Kinzua Dam exhibit. Guests can browse the exhibit website, see relocation areas of actual homes, read about the people who lived in them as well as view the flooding area from a n interactive satellite map.
Chief Cornplanter Pipe Tomahawk
We also have on exhibit the Chief Cornplanter Pipe Tomahawk. This pipe was given to him by George Washington. George Washington gave the tomahawk to Cornplanter in 1792 as a gift during discussions for the Treaty of Canandaigua. Signed in 1794, the Treaty of Canandaigua confirmed the sovereignty of the Haudenosaunee with the United States pledging to honor the land rights of the Haudenosaunee people.
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