- Monday, 26 April 2010 16:05
One of the benefits of being a writer on tour with a culturally sensitive pubisher like Tor/Forge is that we get occasional perks on sell-in tours like the one for PEOPLE OF THE LONGHOUSE. In this case we were able to tour the Iroquois Museum at www.iroquoismuseum.org
at 324 Caverns Road, Howes Cave, New York, 12092. This is a wonderful cultural resource just east of Albany, New York, off of I-88. Should you ever be in the area, please drop in and say hello to Steph Shultes, the curator and MikeTarbell the museum’s outstanding educator. We shared lunch, asked questions, and Michael spent real quality time conversing with the turtles. Not only is it a cultural icon for road-weary anthropologists, but any place that rescues turtles lies close to the heart of Creation.
The following day we were able to journey to Victor, New York, just southeast of Rochester off 1-90. There we toured the site of Ganondagan–an historic/prehistoric Seneca town site with a reconstructed 18th century longhouse. The site itself was occupied as early as the 1600s. The museum was closed, but the trail around the ridgetop site is stunning.
Meanwhile we have been meeting with booksellers throughout eastern New York, finally finding ourselves on Madison Avenue–in the city–as we write this entry. Tomorrow we meet with our publisher at Tor/Forge to discuss plans for the release of PEOPLE OF THE LONGHOUSE. Hopefully we’ll be back this summer to sign copies for our fans. To the booksellers, managers, and staff that we’ve met, we say thank you for your warm welcomes. Hopefully our discussions have led you to a fuller appreciation of North America’s Native heritage, and the contribution of Iroquois political philosophy to the world in general.