The Gayogo̱hó꞉nǫ’ and Deyodi:ho:nǫˀ People and Tutelo Park

The Gayogo̱hó꞉nǫ’ and Deyodi:ho:nǫˀ People and Tutelo Park

Date: May 6, 2023, 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Location: Tutelo Park, Bostwick Road, Town of Ithaca

Hosted by Town of Ithaca with input from Gayogo̱hó꞉nǫ representatives as well as those from other Haudenosaunee nations. This program is made possible, in part, by a grant from the Tompkins County Tourism program. The Town’s Conservation Board is also a supporter.

In 2008, there was a “Native American Homecoming Festival” at the park. This May 2023 event will offer new ways of thinking about Tutelo Park and will highlight layers of meaning that the land holds. Further, the event will serve as a prelude to adding features to Tutelo Park over the next few years.

Draft schedule:

11:00-11:30 Words Before All Else: Sachem George, Gayogo̱hó꞉nǫʼ Bear Clan

11:30-12:15 Relationships among the Gayogo̱hó꞉nǫ’, the Deyodi:ho:nǫˀ and the Saponis: Hohahi:s-Leroy “Jock” Hill, Member of the Gayogo̱hó꞉nǫʼ Bear Clan and Professor of Indigenous Knowledge, and Cultural Advisor (invited); remarks from Dr. Crystal Cavalier-Keck, a citizen of the Occaneechi Band of the Saponi Nation, and Kurt Jordan, Associate Professor of Anthropology and American Indian and Indigenous Studies at Cornell University

11:00-3:00 Food, by purchase, will be available throughout the event

1:15-2:00 Language Class: Steven Henhawk Gayogo̱hó꞉nǫɁ language teacher and historian

2:00-2:30 Honoring those who lived on the land and those who were given responsibility for being caretakers of the land. Tree planting. Remarks about potential future Tutelo Park amenities.

2:30-3:00 Closing words, Chief Steve Jacobs, Gayogo̱hó꞉nǫʼ (invited)


  • The History Center in Tompkins County will be there with copies of: “The Gayogo̱hó꞉nǫ’ People in the Cayuga Lake Region” by Kurt Jordan
  • Leon Ginenthal and Town of Ithaca Conservation Board members will give guided tours of the future ethnobotanic trail
  • Frederic Gleach, Senior Lecturer & Curator of the Anthropology Collections, Cornell University will show and discuss indigenous artifacts (from The History Center’s collection)
  • Ansley Jemison, Cultural Liaison, Ganondagan State Historic Site and Lacrosse demonstrator will discuss the many roles that lacrosse played culturally and will demonstrate techniques with traditional wooden sticks


A limited number of discounted rooms are available that weekend at the Grayhaven Motel (

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This project was made possible in part by a grant from the Tompkins County Tourism Program.