RIT’s Global Scholars is a group of about 30 students from RIT’s global campuses, currently studying at the main campus for spring semester. On February 24, the Global Scholars attended the Native American Winter Games at the Seneca Art & Culture Center at Ganondagan.
Although the spring-like weather conditions of the day didn’t allow for the scheduled activities such as dog sledding demonstration and snow boat races, the student still had plenty to explore at this State Historic Site during the event.
The scholars still had the opportunity to interact with the sledding dogs and learn about traditional wooden sleds. They also learned about the historical significance of wampum belts and were able to make their own wampum bracelets. Perhaps the activity they enjoyed the most was the Iroquois social dancing, where they were able to learn about and join the Allegany River Indian Dancers in traditional Native dances and songs.
Experiencing American culture is one of the goals of the Global Scholar program. For most of our Global Scholars this was their first experience and contact with Native American culture.