There Once Was a Longhouse
Storytelling has always played a key role in the Native American tradition. The strength of the stories lies in their ability to instruct, entertain and empower. We honor this tradition through our presentation of There Once was a Longhouse. The goal of this experience is to allow students a unique glimpse into the life of the Haudenosaunee.
This production has been designed to allow your students to actively participate in a simulation of life in an Iroquois village. The production elements have been designed to look and feel as authentic as possible. The set is a scale replica of an actual longhouse. The actors’ costumes were created to look as if they were made by genuine methods.
Our story takes place in front of a longhouse in a Haudenosaunee village. The three actors will greet the students and lead them through the longhouse to one of five campfires where they will assume the identity of a member of one of the five original nations of the Haudenosaunee: Seneca, Cayuga, Onondaga, Oneida and Mohawk. Through active participation, students will learn some of the ways of the Haudenosaunee, “The People of the Longhouse.” The students will choose chiefs and send their representative to a Council of Nations, participate in a festival of thanksgiving, play a hunting game and listen to a story of old.