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Inside Out Haudenosaunee and Nya:Weh Open Feb. 14

  • Published: February 04, 2010

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Inside Out Haudenosaunee and Nya:Weh Open Feb. 14

Ganondagan, Nazareth College and Industry School Collaborate on Service-Learning Project

On February 14 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., Nazareth College will host a reception for the opening of an exhibit, entitled Nya:weh (“thank you” in the Seneca language), in its Colacino Gallery that celebrates the culmination of a collaborative service learning initiative between Ganondagan, Nazareth College and Industry School.

The collaboration between Nazareth College and Ganondagan began over five years ago when the two organizations worked together to create lesson plans for teachers and portable exhibits for use in local schools. The collaboration between the two organizations was so successful that when Ganondagan’s Executive Director Jeanette Miller wanted to create children’s books representing contemporary tales of Seneca life, she again turned to Nazareth College.

“The students and professors involved in this project were wonderful to work with, and so creative,” exclaimed Jeanette Miller. “We really wanted to develop stories that would represent Ganondagan and the Seneca people of today. Once the stories and illustrations were done, students from the Industry School in Rush, NY got involved and took ownership of designing the books, which turned out beautifully. We are so excited about the work that has come out of this collaboration!”

An opening reception for Nya:weh will feature a book signing with authors Jeanette Miller, Dr. Doot Bokelman, Associate Professor and Program Director of Art History at Nazareth College and Nya:WehNazareth College students Cassie Miller and Maggie Astrino, along with book illustrator Karine Hatch of Ganondagan. Nya:weh runs from February 14 through March 14, and displays the paintings and sculptures by Dr. Bokelman.

This reception also celebrates the opening of Inside Out Haudenosaunee, an exhibit being held in the Nazareth College Arts Center Gallery, curated by renowned Seneca Artist G. Peter Jemison and showcasing the work of seven contemporary Iroquois artists. Inside Out Haudenosaunee will run from February 14 through March 28.

The opening reception for Nya:weh and Inside Out Haudenosaunee takes place in the Colacino Gallery at Nazareth College and is free and open to the public. Nazareth College is located at 4245 East Avenue in Rochester.

Ganondagan State Historic Site is the former location of the largest Seneca Village in New York State until 1687. It is the only the only U.S. national landmark east of the Mississippi River and the sole New York State Historic Site dedicated to Native American History and Culture. It was also designated as a national treasure during the “Save America’s Treasures” presidential tour. For more information, visit

Today, visitors can tour an authentic replica of a 17th Century bark longhouse and hunting lodge, take self-guided tours over 500 acres that were once part of this Town of Peace belonging to the Senecas. The Senecas were “the Keepers of the Western Door” and part of the Iroquois Confederacy or Haudenosaunee, as they referred to themselves.

Founded in 1924, Nazareth College is located on a close-knit, suburban campus in the dynamic, metropolitan region of Rochester, N.Y. The College offers challenging academic programs in the liberal arts and sciences and professional programs in health and human services, education, and management. Nazareth's strong cultures of service and community prepare students to be successful professionals and engaged citizens. The College enrolls approximately 2,000 undergraduate students and 1,000 graduate students.

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