The Haudenosaunee, or Iroquois, have a long history and presence in New York State. The geography and natural resources of the Eastern Woodland region greatly influenced the Haudenosaunee culture. Arrival of European settlers significantly changed their lifestyle, traditional beliefs, and culture that still inform the lives of the Haudenosaunee people today.
Using Fenimore Art Museum’s Native American interpretive site, Otsego, A Meeting Place, and the Thaw Collection of American Indian Art exhibit, students will have the opportunity to experience the history and culture of the Haudenosaunee. Through readings, video segments, and presentations by museum teachers, students will discover the contributions and influence of the Haudenosaunee, both past and present.