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About2019-03-14T13:31:37-04:00

The Seneca-Iroquois National Museum proudly houses an extensive collection of Hodinöhsö:ni’ historical and traditionally designed decorative and every-day-use items and archaeological artifacts. SINM, along with the Seneca Nation Archives Department, are the safe keepers of historical documents, including articles, special publications, historical and family photographs and various multi-media productions regarding the Onöndowa’ga:’ and Hodinöhsö:ni’.

The Seneca-Iroquois National Museum proudly houses an extensive collection of Hodinöhsö:ni’ historical and traditionally designed decorative and every-day-use items and archaeological artifacts. SINM, along with the Seneca Nation Archives Department, are the safe keepers of historical documents, including articles, special publications, historical and family photographs and various multi-media productions regarding the Onöndowa’ga:’ and Hodinöhsö:ni’.

Our Name

The name of SINM’s new home, Onöhsagwë:de’ Cultural Center, was selected to honor one of our greatest Seneca Language and Culture teachers Richard Johnny-John. He was often called “Gwë:de’” which is a shortened version or “nickname” from his full name. The translation of “Onöhsawgë:de’” comes from the Seneca word of “onöhsogaën” which means, “house opening” such as a doorway, window, or chimney.

Our Heritage

Our culture’s history is rich in language, music, drama, literature, creative arts expressions and traditional customs.  The vibrancy of the rich Seneca heritage is evident in the ongoing ceremonies, practices, and cultural events that are infused with dance, music and song, arts, crafts and traditional foods that honor and celebrate Seneca culture.

Our Museum

The Seneca-Iroquois National Museum is dedicated to the honorable presentation of the prehistory, history, and contemporary culture of the Iroquois, with special emphasis on the Seneca. SINM proudly presents our aboriginal culture as a continuum from past to present, reflecting the evolving phenomenon of the Seneca-Iroquois culture.

Questions & Answers

What else is there to do in the area?2019-02-14T14:43:27-05:00

There are several fine dining restaurants located in close proximity of our Cultural Center, along with other dining establishments. To plan your visit and for more information on what’s happening in our area check out:

Does the Seneca-Iroquois National Museum evaluate Native American artifacts for authenticity and value?2019-02-12T21:29:18-05:00

If you are into collecting Native American artifacts, most artifacts will come with a provenance, which is the documented history of the item. If you do not have the provenance for the item, you can contact the Collections Manager at (716) 945-1760 to discuss if this item is of Hodinöhsö:ni’ relevance and through further communication, possible historical identification of this item.

How do I research my Seneca lineage?2019-02-12T21:28:56-05:00

To begin your research process you can contact the Seneca Nation Clerk’s Office to request a Genealogy research form. (716) 945-1790. We do not perform any research requests for non-Senecas.

Do you have parking?2019-02-12T21:28:40-05:00

Yes, we have a free on-site parking available for all our visitors, and we have reserved bus parking available.

Where are you located?2019-03-11T15:25:44-04:00

Seneca-Iroquois National Museum, 82 West Hetzel Street, Salamanca, NY 14779. We are right next to the Seneca Allegany Administration Building.

Questions & Answers

What else is there to do in the area?2019-02-14T14:43:27-05:00

There are several fine dining restaurants located in close proximity of our Cultural Center, along with other dining establishments. To plan your visit and for more information on what’s happening in our area check out:

Does the Seneca-Iroquois National Museum evaluate Native American artifacts for authenticity and value?2019-02-12T21:29:18-05:00

If you are into collecting Native American artifacts, most artifacts will come with a provenance, which is the documented history of the item. If you do not have the provenance for the item, you can contact the Collections Manager at (716) 945-1760 to discuss if this item is of Hodinöhsö:ni’ relevance and through further communication, possible historical identification of this item.

How do I research my Seneca lineage?2019-02-12T21:28:56-05:00

To begin your research process you can contact the Seneca Nation Clerk’s Office to request a Genealogy research form. (716) 945-1790. We do not perform any research requests for non-Senecas.

Do you have parking?2019-02-12T21:28:40-05:00

Yes, we have a free on-site parking available for all our visitors, and we have reserved bus parking available.

Where are you located?2019-03-11T15:25:44-04:00

Seneca-Iroquois National Museum, 82 West Hetzel Street, Salamanca, NY 14779. We are right next to the Seneca Allegany Administration Building.