for Educators

The Hodinöšyö:nih (Haudenosaunee)

Grades 4-8 | Discover the rich culture- past and present – of the Haudenosaunee people, more commonly known as the Iroquois Confederacy.

  • Museum & Science Center, Virtual
  • Guided Exhibit Workshops, Virtual Experiences
  • 4th Grade, 5th Grade, 6th Grade, 7th Grade, 8th Grade
  • Social Studies

Please Note: The longhouse exhibit will be temporarily closed for this tour as we upgrade this space in preparation for our upcoming exhibit Hodinöšyö:nih: Continuity | Innovation | Resilience. Stay tuned for more!

Exhibit Workshop,  Docent Program, School add-on program, or Virtual Experience

Discover the rich culture-past and present- of the Hodinöšyö:nih (hoe-dee-no-SHOW-nee) people, more commonly known as the Iroquois Confederacy. Follow their story and discover the culture’s relationship with nature, the importance of clan structure, oral histories, The Great Law of Peace, and more as you compare and contrast the culture before and after contact with Europeans. Discuss how the Haudenosaunee maintain their cultural identity across our community today. Each stop on this guided tour connects their story, from past to present, with hands-on objects.

For digital programs, our educators will work with your classroom to determine which platform works best to facilitate this experience.

NYS Standards:

  • 4.2a Geographic factors often influenced locations of early settlements. People made use of the resources and the lands around them to meet their basic needs of food, clothing, and shelter.
  • 4.2b Native American groups developed specific patterns of organization and governance to manage their societies.
  • 4.2c Each Native American group developed a unique way of life with a shared set of customs, beliefs, and values.
  • 4.3a Europeans in search of a route to Asia explored New York’s waterways. Early settlements began as trading posts or missions.
  • 5.3b  Europeans encountered and interacted with Native Americans in a variety of ways.
  • 7.1a Geography and climate influenced the migration and cultural development of Native Americans. Native Americans in North America settled into different regions and developed distinct cultures
  • 7.2b Different European groups had varied interactions and relationships with the Native American societies they encountered. Native American societies suffered from loss of life due to disease and conflict and loss of land due to encroachment of European settlers and differing conceptions of property and land ownership.

How To Book

Need More Information?

  • Contact: Guest Services
  • Phone: 585.697.1942


When Is It?

  • Days Available: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
  • Start Date: 09/07/2023
  • End Date: 06/25/2024
  • Program Length: 50 min.
  • Earliest Start Time: 10am

Who Should Attend?

  • Grades: 4th Grade, 5th Grade, 6th Grade, 7th Grade, 8th Grade
  • Minimum Attendance: 15
  • Maximum Attendance: 25

How Much Does It Cost?

  • In-Person: $10 per person; PLUS: $6 Additional per person program charge; 1 free adult with every 5 students; RMSC Member Adults free

    In-Person Lunch Fee: $30 per classroom needed, students required to bring bag lunch

    Virtual: $200 for 1-30 students
  • Minimum Student Charge: 15 students for in-person program