Peachtown Native American Education Week and Festival

The annual week of events includes informative discussions and celebrations of our region's shared cultural history and significance.




See schedule below.


Event locations listed in the schedule below.

General Info

The Peachtown Native American Education Week and Festival is an annual celebration and recognition of Cayuga and Haudenosaunee culture held at Wells College. Events during the week offer a chance for the Wells community to learn about and discuss the history and continued relevance of the region, including the land on which the College was built; and the festival on Friday brings participants together for traditional music and dancing, food, and a peach tree planting.

Chef Rupert Robbins and Jessica Stanton of Skillet & Embers have developed a menu of "Peachtown Mid-Day Feasts" to go with the week’s events. These meals are covered by the student meal plan; the price for others is $7.02 (including tax)


Peachtown Mid-day Feasts

Monday: Native American Fry Bread with Peach Topping
Tuesday: Acorn Squash with Maple Syrup Glaze
Wednesday: Cornbread with Local Honey
Thursday: Clam Chowder and Whipped Potato Casserole with Cheese
Friday: Corn Bread Stuffing, Pinto Bean Casserole, Three Sisters Trinity, Green Beans & Roasted Red Peppers, Chicken Corn Potato Stew and we will be carving Local Roasted Pork.  We will also serve Butternut Squash Soup and Corn Chili. For dessert, Peach Cobbler and Baked Apple Crisp.



September 15, Monday:
Cayuga Presence in Cayuga Homeland
Location: Stratton Lecture Hall
Time: 12:00 – 1:30pm

September 16, Tuesday
Movie Night
Location: Stratton Lecture Hall, Room 209
Time: 7:00 – 9:00pm

September 17, Wednesday
Kevin White,  Iroquois White Corn Project
Sustainability Perspectives Series & Juliana James Native American Scholar Funds
Location: Stratton Lecture Hall, Room 209
Time: 12:00 – 1:00pm

September 18, Thursday:
Wampum to Treaty Belts
Location: Express Café
Demonstration and discussion on making Wampum and its meaning.
Time: 12:00 – 1:30pm

September 18, Thursday:
Diverse Pathways to Activism: Reflections on Being an Ally to Indigenous Sovereignty
Location: Faculty Parlors, Main Building
Time: 4:30 pm – 6:00pm

Diverse Pathways to Activism: Reflections on Being an Ally to Indigenous Sovereignty
What makes a good ally?  In this panel, founding and former members of the grassroots group Strengthening Haudenosaunee American Relations through Education reflect on their experiences advocating and supporting Indigenous sovereignty.  Wrenaye, Jim, and Julie will discuss their experiences with grassroots activism as community members, specifically the challenges of advocating for Indigenous sovereignty in their friendships, families, and through local institutions.  Ernie and Meghan will address the role of the activist academic in the community and classroom.

Wrenaye Matzen – Community member and founding member of S.H.A.R.E.

Meghan Y. McCune ’03 – Assistant Professor of Anthropology and Sociology and Director of Social Sciences (Jamestown Community College) and former member of S.H.A.R.E.

Ernie Olson – Professor of Anthropology and Religion (Wells College) and founding member of S.H.A.R.E.

Jim Uticone – Community member and founding member of S.H.A.R.E.

Julie Uticone – Community member and founding member of S.H.A.R.E.

September 19, Friday

Peachtown Festival and Social with Cayuga Singers
Featured Food at Dining Hall: Harvest Festival
Featured Food at Event: Appetizers (Free)
Location: Sommer Center
Time: 12:30 – 8:00pm

12:30 Dining Hall special lunch, Harvest Festival, open to all. Cost is $7.02 including tax. Singers will perform in Dining Hall to gather interest and invite people to the Social.
2:00pm Opening Ceremony, Sommer Center Lawn (weather permitting. Inside if rain) Singing and Dancing, Cayuga Clan Mothers and Chiefs
2:30pm Peach Tree planting
3:30pm Film and speaker
5:00pm Food for Social (Free)
6:00pm Singing and Dancing

Wells is pleased to host this important festival as an opportunity to build community; to honor the past and present contributions of Native American culture; and to recognize the history of Aurora, or Deawendote, the “Village of Constant Dawn.”

Wells is committed to providing access to all events; anyone who needs assistance should contact David Foote at 315-364-3460 or email