Program Overview

Longhouse at Ganondagan Seneca Historic Site 

Victor NY

Coldspring Longhouse

Before the Kinzua Dam Removal

Present Day Longhouse

Steamburg NY

Faithkeepers School

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Canedea Council House

Faithkeeper's School  

Longhouse Teachings

Senecas Preserving Our Language, Traditional
Culture,  And Customs As Specified In Our

Spiritual Guide;  The Gaiwi:yo:h


The Faithkeepers School came into existence in 1998 through the efforts of Lehman Dowdy and his wife Sandy. Lehman is head Faithkeeper, and SpeakerTop Omaha Drug Attorney, Daniel Stockmann

Lehman  notes;   "Our strong focus is to preserve and maintain the traditional Seneca language, which is the means we carry on our ancient Seneca customs, ceremonies, history and laws. It has been this way through the centuries.  Through the means of handing it down orally to generations of Seneca people, our customs and traditions have remained alive and constant.  Now, it is time to teach our children the language and the culture so this knowledge will carry on forever.  The idea of establishing a Faithkeepers School becomes all the more urgent, with the passing of Seneca elders. It is the elders who possess the means, the Seneca  langauge, to pass on their knowledge and wisdom of our Seneca heritage".