An Online Panel Discussion and Virtual Workshop

Photo credit: Caroline Parker Mountpleasant, a Haudenosaunee woman from the Seneca people, circa 1840; Arthur C. Parker Collection of Negatives, Rochester Museum and Science Center

How can museums, historical societies and local communities deepen and richen their understanding of Haudenosaunee culture and develop tools for revisioning exhibitions, programs and public spaces? Join Linda Norris, from The International Coalition of Sites of Conscience, in a workshop with four women expert historians, artists, and activists in a workshop to consider this question at two events.


Both events will be held online and they are free of charge. 

Panel Discussion

Wednesday, June 24th at 2 pm EST (NY time)

Registration to this event is open here.

For centuries now, the Haudenosaunee women of New York State have lived equally among their male counterparts in a way their non-Native women neighbors often have not. In fact, when women in the state began to organize for their rights in 1848, they looked to Haudenosaunee women for inspiration and guidance.

How can we, as communities, remember, acknowledge and contemplate the presence of Haudenosaunee women in the landscape of western New York? Join three innovative, creative women – Dr. Jolene K. Rickard, Julia Watson, and Michelle Schenandoah – as they share their provocative thoughts on the subject in a free, facilitated conversation by Linda Norris of the International Coalition of Sites of Conscience.



Jolene Rickard
Artist, Curator and Director of the American Indian and Indigenous Studies Program, Cornell University


Michelle Schenandoah
Founder and CEO, Rematriation Magazine
Indigenous Concepts Consulting


Julia Watson
Landscape Architect, Julia Watson Studio
and Author of “Lo-TEK: Design by Radical Indigenism”


Sally Roesch Wagner
Executive Director, Matilda Joslyn Gage Foundation and Author of “Sisters in Spirit: Haudenosaunee Influence on Early American Feminists”


Linda Norris (Facilitator)
Global Programs Director,
International Coalition of Sites of Conscience


Half-Day Workshop

Friday, June 26th from 10 am to 2 pm EST (NY Time)

Registration to the workshop here.

From conversations around confederate memorials and the memorialization of Native American heritage, public dialogue that addresses the historical exclusion inherent in many current existing representations of marginalized groups is profoundly important. This one-day workshop specifically aims to help museums and communities deepen their understandings of Haudenosaunee women, utilizing landscapes, objects and dialogic thinking. Participants will hear creative ideas from artist and curator Jolene Rickard, consultant and media expert Michelle Schenandoah and landscape architect Julia Watson and then, facilitated by Linda Norris, learn methodologies from the International Coalition of Sites of Conscience – a global network of over 275 museums, historic sites and memorials in 65 countries – that will help deepen your own community’s understanding of this topic.

Who should attend?

Staff and volunteers from local history museums and societies; community members and students interested in landscape architecture, historic preservation, Haudenosaunee culture, memorialization and/or social justice.

We highly recommend attending (or watching) the panel discussion before attending the workshop.


Rethinking the Landscape: Haudenosaunee Women is made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature as well as support by Humanities New York.