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RMSC Haudenosaunee Day to include celebration of native culture and film screening on Saturday, Nov. 10

    ROCHESTER, NY—Visitors to Rochester Museum & Science Center’s (RMSC) Haudenosaunee Day will be invited to celebrate Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) culture past and present with artisans from the community, plus enjoy a special film screening of The Good Mind. An annual event, Haudenosaunee Day takes place from 11 a.m.–3 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 10, 2018. The screening of The Good Mind will immediately follow at 4 p.m., and includes a post-show Q&A with filmmaker Gwendolen Cates and Onondaga clan mother, Freida Jacques. 

    About Haudenosaunee Day

    Haudenosaunee Day is a chance for visitors to immerse themselves in the vibrant art and culture of today’s Haudenosaunee nations. Visitors will learn first-hand about the tradition of making cornhusk dolls, jewelry, quillwork, and baskets from local artists who bring the traditions of their culture to life through their art; and listen to storytellers at 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Attendees will also be invited to join RMSC educators to learn more through rarely displayed artifacts from the Museum’s world-renowned collection, including art from the Works Progress Administration (WPA) Indian Arts Project.

    The Haudenosaunee Day program is sponsored by the New York State Council of the Arts and a Humanities New York Vision/Action Grant. Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this program do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

    About The Good Mind

    Gwendolen Cates’ film, The Good Mind, explores Onondaga and Haudenosaunee struggles for environmental stewardship of their lands, and their philosophy that decisions are best made considering the next seven generations. The screening will be followed by a Q&A with Cates and Onondaga clan mother, Freida Jacques. 

    The film screening is sponsored by Lewis Henry Morgan at 200: A Critical Appreciation, a collaboration among community partners supported by the Humanities Project at the University of Rochester that aims to mark Lewis Henry Morgan’s bicentennial by revisiting his various legacies. Morgan was an American anthropologist known for his ethnography of the Iroquois, among other accomplishments.

    The Haudenosaunee Day program is free with regular museum admission: $15 adults, $14 seniors and college students with ID, $13 ages 3 to 18, free for children under 3 and RMSC members. For group reservations and rates, call 585.697.1942.

    The screening of The Good Mind is free and open to the public.

    For high-resolution images and additional information, contact Mare Millow, Marketing Communications Manager, RMSC, 585.697.1944,, or visit

    Rochester Museum & Science Center (RMSC) includes the Science Museum, Strasenburgh Planetarium and Cumming Nature Center. Offering experiences at the Museum with more than 200 interactive exhibits, Planetarium with a 65-foot dome and Nature Center on 900 acres, the RMSC stimulates community interest in exploration. In addition, the more than 1.2 million RMSC collection items tell the story of Rochester’s past and present, including its rich history of innovation and invention. RMSC receives major funding from Monroe County, where it is one of the top three most visited attractions serving children and families. For more information about RMSC, visit Connect with us on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Instagram.