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Seneca Women as Horticulturalists

 
 
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By Anton Schwarzmueller, October 26, 2018
1. Seneca Women as Horticulturalists Marker
Inscription.  Seneca women raised the foods that sustained their people, providing the community of Ganondagan with a good diet and a healthy lifestyle. The women gathered in large work parties to plant, weed, and harvest the gardens surrounding their homes. They taught their children horticultural skills and how to protect the crops from animals and birds.

Seneca women planted corn, beans, and squash, called the Three Sisters (Deoheko), in abundance, placing the plants together in small mounds of earth. At the center they planted four seeds of corn. A few weeks later, they planted a circle of beans around the corn so it could grow up the corn stalks. Around the beans, they planted a second circle, this time of squash seeds, to provide ground cover and keep the mound moist and weed free. Together the Three Sisters grew strong as the roots of each plant fed nutrients to the others.

When eaten together, corn, beans, and squash provide all of the nutrients the Seneca (Onondowahgah), people of the great hill, needed for healthy living.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Agriculture
Seneca Women as Horticulturalists Marker image. Click for full size.
By Anton Schwarzmueller, October 26, 2018
2. Seneca Women as Horticulturalists Marker
Marker at center. Marker in foreground is Haudenosaunee. Marker to the right in front of a picnic table is Onenodaji:h. The road in the background is NY route 444.
Horticulture & ForestryNative AmericansWomen.
 
Location. 42° 57.73′ N, 77° 24.744′ W. Marker is in Victor, New York, in Ontario County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Boughton Hill Road (County Route 41) and Victor Holcomb Road (New York State Route 444). Marker in on the grounds of Ganondagan New York State Historic Site. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Victor NY 14564, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Onenodaji:h (here, next to this marker); Haudenosaunee (a few steps from this marker); Gayanessha'gowa (within shouting distance of this marker); Deohako (within shouting distance of this marker); Ganondagan (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Jikonhsaseh (about 400 feet away); Ezra Wilmarth (about 400 feet away); Wenishadenyoh (about 500 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Victor.
 
Also see . . .  Ganondagan - NYS Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation. (Submitted on November 9, 2018, by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York.)
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on November 10, 2018. It was originally submitted on November 9, 2018, by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York. This page has been viewed 71 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on November 9, 2018, by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York.
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