March 24th 2018
Saturday morning the girls and I went for a day adventure. Barb had mentioned a trip to Victor NY to visit Ganongagan's new exhibit on Women. She is Native American and often shares her awareness of her culture with me. I was excited to visit the center and learn more for myself. Aimee went with us and we were set for a day of fun.
We were told of her story. She had fallen from the "Heavens" as people had lived there before humans walked earth. The reason for her fall differs in the stories I have read, but the premise is the same. As she fell the animals saw her and allied to help, but there was no land for which she could live.
A large turtle held her upon his back over the deep waters while the creatures went to the bottom to retrieve soil which the women using her feet (in a ceremonious way; which is still practiced in dance today) built up the land mass to support her. (picture taken from Barb Below)
According to our guide, she was pregnant at the time that she had fallen and soon a daughter was born. Her daughter grew and had many suitors (Animal-man) and she was chosen to Turtle-man. She was gifted with twin boys. (These young men had names, but "Flint"/ "Sprout" are the only one I remember). One was the right-Sprout and one was the left-Flint. Flint had insisted on exiting his mother through her arm (pit) which killed her. Her head was later placed in the sky as the moon by Sprout. Her body was placed in the ground and produced food. (sculptures below were carved from the horns of an Elk. Amazing!)
Our guide also alerted our attention to the role of Native Women vs Women of the earlier days in America.
The Cayuga, Mohawk, Oneida, Onondaga, Seneca, and Tuscarora tribes speak Iroquoian.
I had to get a picture of this "play" cradle board (used to practice) after telling the girls about my obsession with caring my paper papoose on my back when I was little.
center so we headed off towards town. Realizing we were close to Canadaguia I suggested Crapes...
We found the eatery I was suggesting, Simply Crapes...YUM
Barb and Aimee had the buffalo chicken crape wrap, I had the "all you can eat" strawberry and chocolate. The most eaten I was told was 12. If I could eat more then that I would be awarded a $50- gift certificate. I could barely get through the first order. I did take home another entire order for breakfast the following day. They were yummy even left over....
Not ready to end the fun, we debated hitting up a few locations along the thruway. Del Lago casino? The outlet mall? Maybe some little quaint town? A wine tour? (Although Barb does not drink) There is a lot to do in the area, and we have committed to a future day trip to include the Stoneberg Gardens and Montazuma Wildlife.
Instead we headed to Seneca Falls to tie in the story of the Women's suffrage and tour the Women's rights National Park. Aimee had never been.
Although we did not take in the museum, we posed with the several bronze statues and spoke at the podium.
But another claim to Seneca Falls fame is that Seneca Falls is the town based on the movie Its a Wonderful Life.
Apparently the town offers a weekend in December dedicated to this claim to fame. I am excited to consider a visit later this year.
We stopped at a cute little shop where I found a ton of great gift ideas before we made our way back to the car and headed home. I made it back to my house just in time to get an invite to dinner with the husband and my mother in law. I guess those left over crapes will be tomorrow nights dinner.
An incredible Saturday I must say. Now on to the next adventure. TTFN!