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Roberson exhibition Haudenosaunee: People of the Longhouse features culture and history of Six Nations

April 28, 2021 4:26 PM | Megan Eves (Administrator)

Roberson Museum and Science Center is pleased to announce the re-opening of Haudenosaunee: People of the Longhouse on April 30. This exhibition has been reworked in collaboration with experts, faithkeepers, and staff members to display the history and culture of The People of the Longhouse.

“It is Roberson’s honor and privilege to highlight the Haudenosaunee Nation; a culture that continues to thrive in our region,” said Michael Grasso, Executive Director. “Roberson Museum is built adjacent to a significant pre-colonial archaeological site and we have a duty to educate the community about this vibrant history and begin acknowledging the past and the land we occupy.”

Haudenosaunee: People of the Longhouse offers visitors a walk through of a partial model of a longhouse, an opportunity to listen to how lacrosse sticks are made and watch traditional dances, weave patterns on baskets, or feel the textures of beads, furs, and hides.

Roberson is excited to bring this exhibition to the Binghamton community, featuring the rich history of the Haudenosaunee Confederacy, their impact on this land prior to colonialism and up to their continued stewardship today. We hope to provide further visibility to this sovereign nation and the contributions its people have made to art, science, and history.

This permanent exhibition will be on view in Roberson’s second-floor gallery starting April 30.

Haudenosaunee: People of the Longhouse exhibition page:

Onondaga Nation website:

About Roberson Museum and Science Center

Roberson Museum and Science Center is a cultural hub of activities and events, serving the greater Binghamton community. Our mission remains to engage and educate people of all ages and backgrounds by providing regionally significant exhibitions and programs in art, history, and science.

Support for this exhibition is provided by the Roger Kresge Foundation, The Harriet Ford Dickenson Fund of the Community Foundation for South Central New York, and the Jill Morgan Packard Donor Advised Fund of The Community Foundation for South Central New York; as well as general operations support grants from, the United Cultural Fund, a program of the Broome County Arts Council; the Conrad and Virginia Klee Foundation; the Zoos, Botanical Gardens and Aquariums Program, administered by the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation, and Historic Preservation; and the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

The Haudenosaunee Confederacy is made up of six unique nations. Roberson recognizes it sits on the ancestral homeland of the Onondaga Nation. We extend our respect and gratitude to them as the past, present, and future stewards of this land. Roberson is committed to featuring the contributions this nation and its people have made and continue to make to art, history, and science.

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