The Basic History program can be taught in conjunction with the games programs outlined below or on its own depending on your needs and time. Students learn about who the Six Nations are, traditional territories, migrations, about the Law of Peace and the beginning of a meaningful partnership between the Mohawk, Oneida, Onondaga, Cayuga, Seneca, Tuscarora in the formation of the Six Nations Confederacy. Students will also learn about family and social structure, as well as some traditional teachings and stories, including the Creation Story.
Ideal group size approximately 30, larger groups can be accommodated if necessary.
Lacrosse & Traditional Games
Learn about Canada’s National summer sport through the lens of the Haudenosaunee where this game has been played from the time of creation. Before students partake in basic development drills they will learn the true history of the game and its connection to the Haudenosaunee creation story. Through physical play students learn about the importance of traditional games and how they were used for fun and enjoyment but also in fostering strength, agility, endurance and team work, essential skills needed in the everyday life of the Onhkwehonweh. Time permitting students can also learn about other traditional games including Double Ball, Long Ball, Bone & Toggle, Snow Snake, Rope Games and our adaptation of the Peach Pit Game.
Ideal group size approximately 30, larger groups can be accommodated but require a second facilitator.
For centuries the Haudenosaunee people have lived off the land, thriving from the gifts of turtle island. To provide food for the community wild game was usually hunted with a bow and arrow. Participants will test their skills through target practice and learn about how this traditional form of hunting exercises patience, controlled breath, mental stamina and hand/eye coordination. Various types of bow and arrows will be discussed. Instruction on proper and safe techniques is top priority.
Only available for small groups of 15 students or less.
Artwork by Arnold Jacobs