Finding a Sense of Place: Honoring Deborah Tall – Free Tours to Historic Native American Sites – Hobart and William Smith Colleges \
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Finding a Sense of Place: Honoring Deborah Tall – Free Tours to Historic Native American Sites

This Saturday the first of two field trips sponsored by the Office of Intercultural Affairs and the Office of Student Activities will travel to Ganondagan, the site of a Native American community that was a flourishing and vibrant center for the Seneca people, located in Victor, N.Y.

Intercultural Affairs and Student Activities organized the event in coordination with Instructor of English Mary Hess and Assistant Professor of Religious Studies Fay Botham for their First-Year Seminars, “Native Heritage: Walk in Balance on the Earth Mother and “Sacred Earth: Native American Religious Ecologies.

The staff at Ganondagan will present a program about the history of the Seneca Nation and the Ganondagan site, after which the students can explore trails. Side stops will include the site in Geneva where Ganundasaga (New Settlement Village) was located, and, in Canaindagua, students will visit the site of the signing of the Canaindagua Treaty of 1794. Hess, the “tour guide for this trip, will provide the historical context of the sites.

During the spring 2008 semester, a second field trip titled “Women, Slaves, and Abolitionists will visit the National Women’s Hall of Fame and the Women’s Rights National Park in Seneca Falls and the Harriet Tubman Home and the Seward House in Auburn.

The purposes of the field trips are: (1) to introduce students to the rich cultural history of the Finger Lakes region and, (2) to bring together students – in particular, first-year seminar students and international and exchange students – with other student groups to share a learning experience focusing on the cultural heritage of this region. The tours will honor the memory of Deborah Tall, former English professor, and will use her book as a guide for touring and studying the historic sites in the region that will give our students “sense of place.

This trip is free of charge and is open to all students. Lunch will be provided. For reservations, interested parties can contact Alejandra Molina at 781-3797 and/or at molina@hws.edu. Reservations must be made by Thursday, Oct. 18.