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Tuesday, October 29th, 2019

Buffalo Niagara

Heritage Village


Indigenous Peoples Weekend

November 2nd & November 3rd 




Demonstrations of beadwork, wampum belts and dancing will be among the activities at Indigenous Peoples Weekend, part of the Water/Ways Exhibition being held at Buffalo Niagara Heritage Village, 3755 Tonawanda Creek Rd., Amherst.

Indigenous People Weekend will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 2 and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 3 at Heritage Village.

Water/Ways, an exhibition from Museum on Main Street of the Smithsonian Institute, examines how water affects our lives through climate, agriculture, transportation, industry, recreation, culture and spirituality. Local displays and activities enhance the exhibition.

Indigenous Peoples Weekend Schedule


10:30 am

Kanonyok (Thanksgiving Address Opening) 

Bryan Printup (Tuscarora Nation, Beaver Clan), works for the Tuscarora Environment Program (TEP), part of the Haudenosaunee Environmental Task Force (HETF)


11:00-11:30 am

Wampum Belt Demonstration

Richard Hamell (Honorary Seneca), retired professor of geology-paleontology who teaches the history and reproduction of wampum belts


11:30 am

The Importance of Water and the Tuscarora

Vince Schiffert (Tuscarora Nation, Turtle Clan), teacher of Haudenosaunee culture, & Tuscarora Historical Society


12:15-1:15 pm

Learn about the Significance of the Water Drum and Horn Rattles

Join in a Haudenosaunee Social Dance

Randy Greene (Tuscarora Nation, Turtle Clan) & Niagara River Dancers


1:45 – 3:30 pm

Beadwork Workshop

Mary Annette Printup-Clause (Mohawk, Bear Clan), accomplished Haudenosaunee (Iroquois)-raised beadwork artist



Tables and displays

  • Wampum belts (Two Row Wampum/Water Belt, Hiawatha Belt and Tuscarora Belt) and see a demonstration 
    • Rich Hamell’s Table
  • Tuscarora beadwork 
    • Mary Annette Printup-Clause’s Table
  • TEP/HETF Haudenosaunee water protection efforts
    • Bryan Printup’s Table
  • Learn Tuscarora history
    • Tuscarora Historical Society



12:00-12:30 pm

Wampum Belt Demonstration


12:30 pm

Song(s) About Water Protection by Darelyn Spruce (Seneca Nation, Hawk Clan)

Onondowa’ga Protectors


1:15-2:15 pm

Learn About the Water Drum and Haudenosaunee Social Dances

Gehnew Printup (Tuscarora Nation, Beaver Clan) and Ongwehowe Singers and Dancers



Learn About the Three Sisters 

Jill Clause (Tuscarora Nation, Turtle Clan), storyteller


4:30 pm

Kanonyok (Thanksgiving Address Closing) 

Bryan Printup



Tables and displays

  • Wampum belts (Two Row Wampum/Water Belt, Hiawatha Belt and Tuscarora Belt) and see a demonstration 
    • Rich Hamell’s Table
  • TEP/HETF Haudenosaunee water protection efforts
    • Bryan Printup’s Table/Tuscarora Environment Office
  • Learn Tuscarora history
    • Tuscarora Historical Society
  • Water is Life
  • Onondowa’ga Protectors
    • Indigenous Women’s Initiative Table
  • Black ash basket display
    • Gigi Ground (Tonawanda Seneca, Wolf Clan)


The Folk Art programming for Water/Ways in NY is sponsored by New York Folklore, and supported by grants from the New York State Regional Economic Development Initiative, a program of Governor Andrew M Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Christine F. Zinni, a New York Folk Art Consultant and Folklorist, acted on behalf of the New York Folklore Society to organize the event in collaboration with Bryan Printup (Tuscarora, Beaver Clan), individual artists and members of Tuscarora, Tonawanda Seneca and Seneca Nation Territories listed below.

Water/Ways has been made possible at Buffalo Niagara Heritage Village by the Museum Association of New York (MANY).

Water/Ways is part of Museum on Main Street, a collaboration between the Smithsonian Institution and State Humanities Councils nationwide. Support for Museum on Main Street has been provided by the United States Congress.

Water/Ways was adapted from an exhibition organized by the American Museum of Natural History, New York (www.amnh.org), and the Science Museum of Minnesota, St. Paul (www.smm.org), in collaboration with Great Lakes Science Center, Cleveland; The Field Museum, Chicago; Instituto Sangari, Sao Paulo, Brazil; National Museum of Australia, Canberra; Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto, Canada; San Diego Natural History Museum; and Science Centre Singapore with PUB Singapore.

The exhibition was manufactured for the Smithsonian by Hadley Exhibits of Buffalo.

Community contributors are:

  • Anthony Baldi & Associates, a private wealth advisory practice of Ameriprise Financial Services, Inc.
  • Buffalo & Erie County Library
  • Buffalo News
  • Buffalo Niagara Heritage Village Guild – Heritage Brewers
  • Buffalo Niagara Heritage Village Guild – Victorian Dancers
  • Buffalo Niagara Waterkeeper
  • Captain Rich DeGlopper – Classic Cruises and Restoration Inc.
  • Christine Zinni – New York Folklorist
  • Crystal Rock Water Company
  • Dan Meyer- Watercolor Painter
  • David Ruch – Musician & Story Teller – Erie Canal
  • Don Paul – Meteorologist — World Weather Center
  • Erie Canal Heritage Corridor
  • Erie County Environment & Planning – Joanna Panasiewicz and Mary MacSwan
  • Girl Scouts of Western New York
  • Hadley Exhibits
  • Hahn’s Ponds
  • Jane Stoddard – Watercolor Painter
  • Kris Ruggiero – Weather Exhibit / Demonstration – World Weather Center
  • Lockport Library
  • Museum Association of New York
  • Museum On Main Street – Smithsonian Institute
  • New York Folk Lore Society
  • Niagara County Historical Society
  • Niagara County Soil and Water Conservation District
  • Pendleton Historical Society
  • Rich Hamell –Wampum Belts and Reproduction Wampum Belts
  • Ship ‘n Shore Restaurant – Tom Class – Proprietor
  • Sierra Club
  • Step In Time Duo (Marsha & Monte Jones)
  • Stereo Advantage & the Smart Squad Installation Team
  • Western New York Gas And Steam Engine Association


Buffalo Niagara Heritage Village is a private, 501-c (3) not-for-profit organization. Buffalo Niagara Heritage Village is an educational institution, chartered by the State of New York whose mission is to instill, educate and cultivate an informed appreciation of the American past and its impact on current lifestyles, culture and historical development of the Buffalo Niagara Region. BNHV’s mission is to preserve and interpret the story of Buffalo Niagara for the people of today and the community of tomorrow. http://bnhv.org/

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