1816 Farmington Quaker Meetinghouse Museum and Seneca Art & Culture Center at Ganondagan Present Educator Marissa Corwin Manitowabi
Attention Educators! Please join us at 2 p.m. on Saturday, November 12, for an interactive program titled, “Haudenosaunee Representation in Elementary Education: Precedents and Possibilities” at the Seneca Art & Culture Center, Ganondagan State Historic Site, 7000 County Rd. 41 (BoughtonHill Rd.), Victor, NY, 14564.
Marissa Manitowabi (Seneca), a museum education professional, has a B.F.A. in Product Design Parsons School of Design and an M.S. Ed. in Museum Education from Bank Street Graduate School. She has been using her dual training in arts and education over the past decade to study how Native peoples are represented in elementary schools in New York State and to create materials that inform the public about Haudenosaunee culture and history. Working in consultation with multiple Haudenosaunee community members and in collaboration with the American Museum of Natural History, the National Museum of the American Indian, The Seneca-Iroquois National Museum and others, Marissa has created curricula, visual materials, educational displays, hands-on activities, and
programming to engage visitors and students while they learn. She is currently working with Ganondagan State Historic Site to create a database of K-12 materials about the Haudenosaunee that will provide teachers with the most accurate available materials, and which will inform future curricula creation.
Marissa will provide an overview of how elementary school educators in New York state have approached teaching about Haudenosaunee history and culture and will share some of the better pedagogical approaches for teaching about Indigenous peoples that have emerged over the past few decades.
The Seneca Arts & Culture Center “fulfills a vision of a permanent, year-round interpretive facility at Ganondagan telling the story of the Seneca and Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) contributions to art, culture and society for more than 2000 years to the present day.” It is located within Ganondagan State Historic Site, which is a New York State Historic Site and a National Historic Landmark. The Farmington Quaker Meetinghouse Museum “preserves and interprets the 1816 Meetinghouse as a national site of conscience and a cornerstone of historic movements for equal rights, social justice, and peace, including rights for Native Americans, African Americans, and women, encouraging visitors to explore equality, justice, and peace in their own lives.” Our mission has been fulfilled for over a decade by educational and arts programming in partnership with sister sites and venue partners, like Ganondagan. The 1816 FQMM has been selected for a National Park Service Historic Preservation Grant, which, in combination with other
grants and donations, will support the full restoration of the 1816 Farmington Quaker Meetinghouse (located at 230 Sheldon Road, Farmington, NY, 14425), leading
to the full realization of our mission. Funding for this program is provided by the Indian Affairs Committee of the New York Yearly Meeting of Friends and Humanities New York. All of our programs are free and open to the public thanks to grant support from Humanities New York and funds from our generous supporters. Donations are welcome.