Tonawanda Reservation Historical Society

Tonawanda Reservation Historical Society The Tonawanda Reservation Historical Society was established to preserve and disseminate the history of the Tonawanda Seneca Indian Reservation.

The Tonawanda Reservation Historical Society was established for the purpose of preserving and disseminating the history of the Tonawanda Seneca Indian Reservation for our people, for the generations yet unborn, and for the education of non-Indians about our culture.

At the Canandaigua Treaty Commemoration.
11/11/2019

At the Canandaigua Treaty Commemoration.

We are Raffling a 65” Samsung Smart TVTickets are $20 eachOnly 200 tickets being sold!Will be raffled off December 7 at ...
11/08/2019

We are Raffling a 65” Samsung Smart TV
Tickets are $20 each
Only 200 tickets being sold!
Will be raffled off December 7 at the Christmas Craft Show at the TICH
See or call Gloria at 803-0604 or Bayda at 585-356-0598.
Get your ticket early-only 200 being sold! Don‘t get left out!

11/08/2019

Thanks to everyone who came out and supported our 21st Annual Exhibit. Thanks to RMSC who always have our back. It was a good time and hopefully everyone learned a little something. Thanks to all cooks for the excellent food, as usual. Thanks to all businesses for donating to our Annual Auction, it’s because of you, that we can continue to bring our history to our people.

some of our friends at the annual exhibit.
11/03/2019

some of our friends at the annual exhibit.

The Tonawanda Reservation Historical Society proudly presents our 21st Annual ExhibitSaturday, November 2, 2019, from 10...
10/26/2019

The Tonawanda Reservation Historical Society
proudly presents our 21st Annual Exhibit

Saturday, November 2, 2019, from 10am to 4pm

Tonawanda Indian Community Building, 372 Bloomingdale Road, Akron, NY

Featuring Local Historical Figures:
Ernie Smith
Handsome Lake
Jimmy Johnson
John Blacksmith

The 2020 Ernie Smith Commemorative Calendar, part II will be available.

It’s up to you to know your Nations history. Come have fun, eat, and learn and laugh with us.

Traditional foods will be on sale.

Tonawanda Reservation Historical Society's cover photo
09/30/2019

Tonawanda Reservation Historical Society's cover photo

Don’t forget!!  This Thursday!
07/08/2019

Don’t forget!! This Thursday!

Come join us! Everyone’s invited! (Especially ETs). Snacks provided. Do you think Sky Woman fell from a passing alien ship? Do you think the pyramids all over the world are made by alien technology? Do you watch the TV show “Ancient Aliens”? If you do then this is for you!
Please share, share, share!

Come join us!  Everyone’s invited!  (Especially ETs).  Snacks provided.  Do you think Sky Woman fell from a passing alie...
06/25/2019

Come join us! Everyone’s invited! (Especially ETs). Snacks provided. Do you think Sky Woman fell from a passing alien ship? Do you think the pyramids all over the world are made by alien technology? Do you watch the TV show “Ancient Aliens”? If you do then this is for you!
Please share, share, share!

Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian
06/19/2019

Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian

Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden this morning announced the appointment of Joy Harjo as the nation’s 23rd Poet Laureate.

“Joy Harjo, a citizen of the Muscogee Creek Nation, has received national and international recognition for her extraordinary work,” our director, Kevin Gover, said in response to the news. “This laureateship is a national signal honor in her acclaimed and important career. This appointment is not only an affirmation of Joy’s talent, but also of Native America’s ongoing contribution to American art. I congratulate her, as Native American poet, writer, musician, and activist on her appointment as the first Native American to serve as U.S. Poet Laureate.”

“What a tremendous honor it is to be named the U.S. Poet Laureate,” Joy Harjo said. “I share this honor with ancestors and teachers who inspired in me a love of poetry, who taught that words are powerful and can make change when understanding appears impossible, and how time and timelessness can live together within a poem. I count among these ancestors and teachers my Muscogee Creek people, the librarians who opened so many doors for all of us, and the original poets of the indigenous tribal nations of these lands, who were joined by diverse peoples from nations all over the world to make this country and this country’s poetry.”

Harjo currently lives in her hometown of Tulsa, Oklahoma, and is the first Poet Laureate from Oklahoma.

More: http://bit.ly/locJoyHarjo

Photo by Shawn Miller, The Library of Congress

Every year Memorial Day weekend people from our community gather to place flags on the graves of our veterans in our res...
05/27/2019

Every year Memorial Day weekend people from our community gather to place flags on the graves of our veterans in our reservation cemeteries. We are joined by members of the Alabama NY American Legion Post who serve as the color guard and rifle squad. We thank them for their service, and remember our family members who served and are no longer with us.

Tonawanda Reservation Historical Society's cover photo
05/27/2019

Tonawanda Reservation Historical Society's cover photo

05/21/2019

The center of Caroline Parker’s (Ely Parker’s sister), tablecloth.

These are hair ornaments.  This one was made by Melinda Skye, who worked for the WPA Project in the 1940’s.  The ornamen...
05/21/2019

These are hair ornaments. This one was made by Melinda Skye, who worked for the WPA Project in the 1940’s. The ornament is kept at Rochester Museum and Science Center. Most of them are quilled with porcupine quills and beadwork is sewn around the outside. The inside is a carved piece of wood, I think.

Tonawanda Reservation Historical Society's cover photo
04/15/2019

Tonawanda Reservation Historical Society's cover photo

Vision Maker Media
04/08/2019

Vision Maker Media

After 20 years of wondering why there wasn't a Native magazine for women, Michelle Schenandoah, Oneida, has finally launched her online and interactive magazine for Native women called Rematriation. This magazine isn't your typical women's magazine. Rematriation is an online space for indigenous women to reclaim their voices, tell their stories, address important issues, and engage in substantive, intimate conversations for the purpose of inspiration and healing. Rematriation was officially launched last weekend in Syracuse, New York.

Article: http://ow.ly/JAJn50p6USz
📷 : Indian Country Today
Website: https://rematriation.com/

Buffalo State College Garman Art Conservation Department
04/08/2019

Buffalo State College Garman Art Conservation Department

For Colleen Watkins' technology project, she made a mock-up of a nineteenth-century Iroquois bag. The bag is made from velvet, Czech glass beads, cotton and silk threads, silk (lining), sequins, and a woven synthetic fiber trim. The purpose of this project was to replicate the three-dimensional embossed stitch, two-needle applique, and zipper edging beading techniques that are on a nineteenth-century Native American bonnet that she is also treating. The bonnet has many loose and unsecured threads associated with the beading that require stabilization. For this reason it was important for her to understand how the object was made.

Tonawanda Reservation Historical Society's cover photo
03/28/2019

Tonawanda Reservation Historical Society's cover photo

Photos from an exhibit at the Rochester Museum & Science Center on Seneca beadwork and artists from the Tonawanda Reserv...
03/28/2019

Photos from an exhibit at the Rochester Museum & Science Center on Seneca beadwork and artists from the Tonawanda Reservation. If you haven't seen it yet, hurry! It ends March 31.

03/19/2019

Sunday, March 24, 2019. Located on Parker Road, Basom, NY - the Tonawanda Reservation Family Center.

Annual Pancake Breakfast - $7.00
Kids price is $3.00 (4 years and lower)
Starts at 8am. Ends at 12pm

Pancakes, eggs, sausage, coffee, orange juice, homemade maple syrup - all you can eat!

Raffle of beautiful leather purse - $3.00 per ticket

50/50 raffle

Come eat a lot, come laugh a lot!
Of course everyone’s invited. This is a fundraiser for the Tonawanda Reservation Historical Society. Mark your calendars now!

03/12/2019

LAST CALL! There’s still room for more! Come and see Tonawanda WPA Projects. Lots of cool things to see!

BUS TRIP TO RMSC - Saturday, March 16, 2019

9:00am gather at the Rez Smoke Shop (past the gas station, on the east side)
9:30am leave for the museum
1pm lunch on Historical Society and Kathryn
5pm leave museum for home

Everyone invited. We have a 56 passenger bus that the museum is providing for us. If you have relatives who were in the WPA Project years ago, this trip is for you! Let me know if you are going here, or IM me. Or you can call Cookie and let her know at her home phone. JS: might want to bring a snack and a drink for the bus ride.

02/10/2019

Cookie Jonathan’s beautiful sweet grass shoulder necklace on display right now at RMSC.

02/04/2019

These are the winners of our football pools.
$5.00 pool
1st qtr—Ed & Bayda
2nd qtr—L&R
3rd qtr—Albert C.
4th qtr—Albert C.

$10.00 pool
1st qtr—-Lynn & Justine
2nd qtr—Nick (2 eagles)
3rd qtr—Ron Parker
4th qtr—Ron Parker

Congratulations to all the winners and thank you to everyone who played in our pool. Your money will help the Historical Society continue our work.

02/03/2019

We have about 5 squares on our football pool for tomorrow. Their $10.00 a square. Let me know if you want one or more.

Tonawanda Reservation Historical Society
02/01/2019

Tonawanda Reservation Historical Society

Tonawanda Reservation Historical Society
02/01/2019

Tonawanda Reservation Historical Society

Tonawanda Reservation Historical Society's cover photo
01/02/2019

Tonawanda Reservation Historical Society's cover photo

This past weekend Cookie and I went to Rochester Museum and Science Center, in Rochester, NY.  It was great to see our b...
01/02/2019

This past weekend Cookie and I went to Rochester Museum and Science Center, in Rochester, NY. It was great to see our beadwork along with beadwork, carving, etc. from our relatives in the WPA. Jamie Jacobs finished the shoulder grass necklace from the beadwork rounds that we all made during the summer, never knowing what the outcome of our beadwork would bring. It looked beautiful. I can’t explain the feeling I have in seeing my beadwork along side of my grandmas beadwork, other than saying it is an awesome feeling. I am nearly brought to tears with happiness.

Of course the exhibit featured me and Cookie’s mentor, Caroline Parker from Tonawanda. Her famous table cover, her moccasins, and her skirt are a beaders’ wonder.

Cookie and I are so appreciative of the opportunity to be included in this history making exhibit. Thank you Jamie Jacobs, thank you Kathryn Murano, and of course RMSC.

The idea to make our own grass shoulder necklace came from Cookie Jonathan. She noticed a painting made by Tonawanda artist, Ernie Smith. In the picture, a woman is looking at her baby, while she is wearing the grass shoulder necklace. Then on a trip to the museum we saw that my grandmother, Melinda Skye Parker had made several beadwork rounds just like the one in Ernie Smith’s painting. That’s when Cookie decided she was going to make a necklace of her own. Of course, following that, she twisted my arm into making one too. So I wanted everyone to know that Cookie Jonathan was the fire at the very beginning (probably 3/4 yrs ago already) of this story.

Tonawanda Reservation Historical Society's cover photo
11/30/2018

Tonawanda Reservation Historical Society's cover photo

A picture of the Tonawanda Reservation Historical Society on our 20th Anniversary
11/24/2018

A picture of the Tonawanda Reservation Historical Society on our 20th Anniversary

These were all on display at the 2018 Historical Society Exhibit.  Cookie did an amazing job of gathering all these doll...
11/24/2018

These were all on display at the 2018 Historical Society Exhibit. Cookie did an amazing job of gathering all these dolls from all over the nation. Thank you to all who shared their dolls with us.

WWI Veterans from Tonawanda, left to right: Hanover Spring, Charlie Steeprock, Ira Charles, Sherry Poodry.
11/10/2018

WWI Veterans from Tonawanda, left to right: Hanover Spring, Charlie Steeprock, Ira Charles, Sherry Poodry.

Thank you to everyone who came out for our 20th anniversary exhibit! As soon as we recover from this weekend, we look fo...
11/05/2018

Thank you to everyone who came out for our 20th anniversary exhibit! As soon as we recover from this weekend, we look forward to planning our 21st!

Tonawanda Reservation Historical Society's cover photo
11/05/2018

Tonawanda Reservation Historical Society's cover photo

10/14/2018
Genesee County Animal Shelter - Batavia, NY

While some people may not approve, or feel this encourages cruelty to animals, dogs are not required to be leashed or licensed, so what may appear to be a stray dog, may in fact, be someone's pet.

There have been incidents where dogs originating from the Tonawanda Indian Reservation have been reported to be “strays” or have been picked up and brought to the Genesee County Animal Shelter. Within the Tonawanda Indian Reservation, there is no such legal entity as a “stray” dog. Dogs are permitted to roam freely and are not required to be licensed. The Tonawanda Indian Reservation is a sovereign nation which does not have a contract with Genesee County for dog control. It is illegal to take a dog, of which you are not the owner of, off of the Tonawanda Indian Reservation. Caution should always be exercised when making contact with any unknown dog. If you have concern about a particular dog you see on the reservation, such as an injured dog, you can contact the Tonawanda Seneca Nation Office at 716-542-4244 or the Community Center at 585-542-2481, located at 372 Bloomingdale Road.

10/05/2018
This was the border of a skirt by Caroline Parker.  So beautiful!
09/29/2018

This was the border of a skirt by Caroline Parker. So beautiful!

Womens Skirt made by Caroline Parker

Holland Land Office Museum
09/03/2018

Holland Land Office Museum

On this day in 1895, Ely Parker passed away at the age of 67. Ely Parker was born in Indian Falls and grew up to be an attorney, engineer, and diplomat. During the Civil War he was adjutant and secretary to Lt. Gen. Ulysses S. Grant and was eventually appointed the Commissioner of Indian Affairs. He is buried in Forrest Lawn Cemetery, Buffalo, NY.

As part of our continuing focus on WWI veterans, here is a photo of Jesse Cornplanter (1889-1957). Although Jesse was Se...
08/16/2018

As part of our continuing focus on WWI veterans, here is a photo of Jesse Cornplanter (1889-1957). Although Jesse was Seneca Nation, not Tonawanda Seneca, he lived at Tonawanda for much of his life, and his last wife, Elsina Billy, was Tonawanda. Jesse served in the Army during WWI, enlisting in Ohio, and serving in the machine gun company, 37th Ohio Division, 147th Infantry. He was the victim of a mustard gas attack during the war. After the war he traveled around the country as a showman and raconteur. He died in 1957 and was buried at the Four Corners Cemetery.

Tradition worn on their sleeves
08/06/2018
Tradition worn on their sleeves

Tradition worn on their sleeves

TONAWANDA RESERVATION — As Kylee and Eva Dowdy finished successive rounds, the judges in their dance competition tie-breaker couldn’t find fault with either.

08/06/2018
Batavia Daily News

Dancing at Field Days (video courtesy of the Batavia Daily News)

Dancing at Tonawanda Seneca Nation's Annual Field Days #Batavia_Daily

As part of our continuing focus on WWI vets, here is a photo of Ira Spring (1892-1918) US Army, who was killed in action...
07/12/2018

As part of our continuing focus on WWI vets, here is a photo of Ira Spring (1892-1918) US Army, who was killed in action .He was the son of Solomon and Alida Spring, Wolf Clan, and is buried in the Four Corners Cemetery. The VFW Post in Oakfield, NY is named in his honor.

Renovations are going on at the Community Building.
07/06/2018

Renovations are going on at the Community Building.

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PO Box 516
Basom, NY
14013

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Tuesday 19:00 - 21:00

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