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Talking Turtle Stories with Perry Ground at the Hornell Public Library

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Come listen to one of Perry Ground’s Talking Turtle Stories: “Haudenosaunee Women-From SkyWomen to Influence on American Suffrage” at the Hornell Public Library on Saturday, April 15th at 11:00 AM.

Perry Ground is a Turtle Clan member of the Onondaga Nation of the Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) Confederacy. He has been a master storyteller and cultural educator for over 25 years and enjoys working with people of all ages to teach about the history and culture of Native Peoples.

The program he will be presenting is geared towards adults and families with students in 7th grade or higher. Perry will talk about women’s important responsibilities with the culture, government, and communities of the Haudenosaunee, and compares these responsibilities to those of American women. He will discuss Haudenosaunee women’s role in influencing the ideas of early suffragists and bring in connections to modern traditions and issues.

Come enjoy his lively, engaging, and inclusive storytelling at the Hornell Public Library!

Perry will return in November 2023 to present two of his amazing programs: Stories from the People of the Longhouse and Re-thinking Thanksgiving – A Native American Perspective on an American Holiday.

This project is made possible with funds from the Statewide Community Regrant program, a regrant program of the New York State Council on the Arts with support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature and administered by the ARTS Council of the Southern Finger Lakes. Hornell Public Library’s director and staff are very grateful to be a grant recipient of the 2023 NYSC SCR Community Arts Grant, and they are excited to start offering the programs this project supports.

The library’s open hours are Monday-Thursday 12:00 PM-7:00 PM, Fridays 1:00 PM-5:00 PM, and Saturdays 9:00 AM-12:00 PM.  If you have any questions, please contact the Hornell Public Library at (607) 324-1210 or via e-mail at You can keep up-to-date on the library’s latest events & programming by following their Facebook Page, joining the Hornell Public Library Patrons Facebook group, and visiting their website

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