Second Annual Seneca Caneadea Field Day scheduled

The second annual Seneca Caneadea Field Day, commemorating a return of the Senaca Nation to its former land along the banks of the Genesee River after nearly two centuries, is being held Saturday, June 22.

The event will begin with a Genesee River Float in the morning and end with a New York State Collegiate Baseball League game between the Genesee Rapids and Salamanca Lizards in the evening.

During the day, indigenous arts and crafts, Seneca cultural exhibits, native dances, indigenous and other food, a discussion of foods and medicinal plants during a walking presentation along the Genesee Valley Greenway Trail, and more will be available. Admission is free, with a $5 parking fee.

The Seneca Caneadea Field Day started last year, the result of a collaboration between the Seneca Nation and the Town of Caneadea.

The Field Day and its location at the town park at 9736 State Route 19, next to the Houghton Fire Department, honors the history of the Seneca Nation in Allegany County, with Caneadea being the site of a significant Seneca village, along with the Seneca Council House which currently is located in Letchworth State Park.

Richard Big Kettle, a Seneca artist from the Heron Clan and world-renowned lacrosse stick maker, introduced the Town of Caneadea to the councilors of the Seneca Nation, who proposed the idea of a Field Day, with this year’s activity being renewed after a successful venture last year.

In recognition of the importance of the Genesee River to the Seneca Nation for food, transportation, and commerce, the Field Day also will include a canoe and kayak float down the Genesee River from the Town of Caneadea River Access Park at 8738 State Route 19, just south of the Caneadea hamlet.

The hour-and-a-half trip will start at 9:00AM, with each participant required to register at https://tinyurl.com/Seneca-Float-Registration, with anyone under the age of 18 being accompanied by an adult. Canoe and kayak rentals also are available through the registration link.

Other scheduled activities and times include:
10AM: Town park opens with a Cultural Center Pavilion, indigenous arts and crafts, and food vendors.
Noon: Welcome and flag raising, followed by Seneca dance exhibitions throughout the afternoon.
2PM: Food and medicinal plants walking presentation.
4:30PM: Closing ceremony.
6:30PM: Genesee Rapids vs. Salamanca Lizards baseball game at the Houghton University Kerr-Pegula Athletic Complex, starting with the Iroquois Post 1587 Color Guard, flag song, and first pitch.

Further information is available at (585) 365-2928.