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Explore Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) agricultural knowledge and traditions in the exhibit "Ah-Theuh-Nyeh-Hah: The Planting Moon"

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This summer and fall, Cornell Botanic Gardens collaborated with Cornell’s American Indian and Indigenous Studies Program to display an earthwork planting in the Pounder Vegetable Garden, an indoor exhibit in the Nevin Welcome Center, and to host public events that explore Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) agricultural knowledge and traditions.

The exhibit in the Nevin Welcome Center celebrates the 100-year relationship between Cornell researchers and the Haudenosaunee that evolved to become the American Indian and Indigneous Studies Program. The display reveals how Haudenosaunee communities are reclaiming traditional agricultural practices as a central way of life today. Two display cases showcase Haudenosaunee contemporary and traditional sculptures.

Shown left: "Calico Corn" sculpture by Natasha Santiago Smoke (Mohawk)



Public Program
On Saturday, October 29, Jolene Rickard, director of the American Indian and Indigenous Studies Program, will provide a tour and interpretation of the “Ah-Theuh-Nyeh-Hah: The Planting Moon” exhibit and “Thirteen Moons Planting”. The program will include singing and growers from the Haudenosaunee communities.

Date/time: Saturday, October 29; 2 - 4 p.m.
Cost: Free and no registration is required
Location: Nevin Welcome Center lobby

About the Thirteen Moons Planting
In June, visual artist and Director of the American Indian and Indigenous Studies Program Jolene Rickard (Tuscarora) created an earthwork planting in the Pounder Garden. A planting mound styled in the shape of a turtle is growing plants from Haudenosaunee heritage seeds. The garden was planted in a traditional manner and represents the Haudenosaunee story of Earth’s creation. Corn, beans and squash are grown in the “Three Sisters” system of symbiotic intercropping. Heritage tobacco, sunflower and wild strawberry were also planted. Altogether, 13 mounds represent the Haudenosaunee planting tradition based on the ecological calendar guided by 13 lunar cycles.

Read more about this exhibit in the September 14 Ithaca Times article "Planting by 13 Moons With the Haudenosaunee."