Iroquois Creation Story
In the Sky World, the Great Celestial Tree is uprooted, producing a large hole through which the young, pregnant Sky Woman falls. Landing on the back of a turtle, a new world -Turtle Island- is created. But Sky Woman’s twin grandsons ultimately battle for its control. Our story is based on the words of Chief John Arthur Gibson who related it to J.N.B Hewitt in the 1890s, later annotated into a book by John Mohawk. Choreographed by Garth Fagan, Tony and Oliver award winning choreographer, the cinematic story features Garth’s dancers and traditional Iroquois Social Dancers. The film was created for the Seneca Arts & Culture Center at Ganondagan, in Victor New York, and made possible by the generous support of The Max and Marian Farash Charitable Foundation.