NYPA Press Release

Celebrate Native American Culture at the Niagara Power Vista

For Immediate Release: 11/06/19

Contact: Teresa Martinez | Teresa.Martinez@nypa.gov | 716-286-6652


The New York Power Authority, in recognition of Native American Heritage Month, will host a variety of cultural activities, presentations and performances on Saturday, November 16, at its Niagara Power Vista, 5777 Lewiston Road in Lewiston. Visitors can help build longhouses and learn about the history of lacrosse.

The free event, which is open to the public, will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Niagara Power Vista Community Room. Attendees are invited to help build a longhouse while learning about its origin and continued historic significance between 10:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.

Haudenosaunee families lived in longhouses, large wooden-framed buildings smothered with sheets of elm bark. The longhouses were as large as 100 feet and could accommodate as many as 60 people. Today, on the Sixth Nation of the Haudenosaunee, the Tuscarora School students each year build a replica of a longhouse as a family project. One longhouse is selected each year to be presented in the Tuscarora exhibit at the Power Vista.

Michael Galban, curator of the Seneca Art and Culture Center at Ganondagan in Rochester, will provide presentations at 12 p.m. and 3 p.m. on the history of lacrosse, a sport that originated from Native Americans. Today the sport is recognized nationally and internationally. Galban will present various lacrosse materials and will discuss the history of the game.

Other activities include:


  • Enjoy a performance and interactive educational presentation by the Niagara River Iroquois Dancers at 11 a.m.
  • Sample cultural foods such as corn soup and strawberry juice at 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.
  • Participate in a beading activity
  • Make a cultural bracelet from bass wood fibers with the Tuscarora Environmental Group.

Exhibitors include the Tuscarora History Group, the Tuscarora Environment Program, Native American Community Services and Old Fort Niagara.

In addition to participating in the Native American Heritage Month event activities, guests are invited to enjoy the state-of-the-art exhibits at the Niagara Power Vista, including a 3D animation that gets you up close and personal without having to wear a hard hat. Visitors can take a seat in a 4-D theatre virtual roller coaster ride, create a transmission distribution system on a one-of-a-kind transmission grid table, build a dam or simulate the coordination of power across the state during bad weather.

Admission and parking at the Niagara Power Vista are free. Call (716) 286-6661 or email npvista@nypa.gov for more information on this or other NYPA events.

About the Niagara Power Vista:
The Niagara Power Vista is a free hands-on science playground at the Niagara Power Project with more than 50 state-of-the-art interactive exhibits. Operated by the New York Power Authority, the visitor center is designed for inquisitive minds of all ages with special emphasis on STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) concepts and careers. Visitors can experience a virtual rollercoaster, build a dam, operate a power plant, run the state grid, watch digital portraits of Nikola Tesla and Thomas Edison debate the benefits of alternating and direct current, and enjoy 350-foot-high views from an observation deck above the Niagara River. The Power Vista is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, excluding some holidays, with free parking. It is located at 5777 Lewiston Road (Route 104) in Lewiston.  For more information, call (716) 286-6661 or visit www.nypa.gov/niagarapowervista.

About NYPA:
NYPA is the nation's largest state public power organization, through the operation of its 16 generating facilities and more than 1,400 circuit-miles of transmission lines. NYPA uses no tax money or state credit. It finances its operations through the sale of bonds and revenues earned in large part through sales of electricity. More than 70 percent of the electricity NYPA produces is clean renewable hydropower. For more information visit www.nypa.gov and follow us on Twitter @NYPAenergy, Facebook, Instagram, Tumblr, and LinkedIn.