A generation knew it as Sainte Marie Among the Iroquois. But Saturday, the museum reopened as the Skä•noñh Great Law of Peace Center. It shares history from the Haudenosaunee perspective.
A ceremony with traditional dancing kicked-off the grand opening. Inside, visitors saw exhibits that explained the creation story and the Thanksgiving address. People also learned about native contributions to the American way of life. Each section is accompanied by a video featuring a member of the Haudenosaunee.
"The story that was really told here at Sainte Marie covers just a small span of our Native American history. About 18 months actually. And we decided to incorporate that story into a much bigger picture because the Native American history in our community spans thousands of years and had major national and global impact," said Gregg Tripoli, Onondaga Historical Association executive director.
The center is on Onondaga Lake Parkway and is open Wednesday to Friday from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. On Saturday and Sunday you can visit from 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.