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Haudenosaunee: People of the Longhouse

Explore the history and culture of the Haudenosaunee–their beliefs and philosophy, relationship with the land, and association with the Europeans who migrated to North America.

This exhibition uses artifacts, written material, and diagrams to help tell the history of this nation of native peoples.

What does “Haudenosaunee” mean?

Many of us have grown up hearing the name “Iroquois” used to describe the Native tribe that resides in central New York. However, that name comes to us from another group of people.

The Haudenosaunee represent a unified group of peoples under a banner of peace. The word “Haudenosaunee” means “people of the longhouse.” So, how was this nation founded? The video above by PBS, tells the lore behind its unification.

Support for this exhibition is provided by the Robert F. Schumann Foundation and by the general operating support grants from the Zoos, Botanical Gardens and Aquariums Program, administered by the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation, and Historical Preservation; the United Cultural Fund, a program of the Broome County Arts Council; the Conrad and Virginia Klee Foundation; and the New York State Council for the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

Support provided by the 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, Recreational, and Historical Preservation; and the New York State Council for the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.