The Skä•noñh – Great Law of Peace Center continues the process of planning and renovation. There are currently no exhibits to view in this phase of development, but visitors can walk the grounds around the center and view the exterior of the fortified mission.
As of January 1st 2013, the Onondaga Historical Association (OHA) took over management of the Onondaga County facility known as “Sainte Marie among the Iroquois” located on the eastern shore of Onondaga Lake. The site is currently in a year of planning to repurpose the facility into a Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) Heritage Center named Skä•noñh – Great Law of Peace Center. Skä•noñh, is an Onondaga welcoming greeting meaning Peace and Wellness.
Onondaga Lake is one of the most important places for the founding of the Haudenosaunee, or “People of the Longhouse” with the coming together of the Peacemaker, Hiawatha and the Tadodaho thousands of years ago. For these reasons it is a sacred place for the Haudenosaunee. The Onondaga Nation, who are the Central Fire of the Haudenosaunee Confederacy (Mohawk, Oneida, Onondaga, Cayuga, Tuscarora and Seneca Nations) remain among the last sovereign Indigenous peoples in the U.S., if not the World, who still govern themselves by their ancient ceremonial Longhouse practices. As such, the “Great Law of Peace” has been continuously active from time immemorial until today. This tradition is reflected in the living community of the Onondaga Nation.
An educational collaborative has been formed to create the content for the new facility and includes representatives from OHA, the Onondaga Nation, Syracuse University, the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry, Lemoyne College, Onondaga Community College, and Empire State College. The Center looks to communicate many histories like the founding of the Great Peace to visitors in an interactive way. It would also work with institutions like the National Museum of the American Indian and other innovative centers to develop something new at Onondaga Lake.
There will be several events and programs at the Skä•noñh Center throughout 2013 as we continue the planning process. Stay tuned as we keep you updated on our progress concerning this exciting new history-related community project.
If you would like more information please call OHA at (315) 428-1864.
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