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Michael Galban

Historic Site Manager and Curator

Seneca Art & Culture Center, Ganondagan State Historic Site

Region: Finger Lakes

Committee(s): Program

Michael Galban is the Curator for the Seneca Art & Culture Center at Ganondagan State Historic Site. Ganondagan is a 17th century Seneca town site and nationally regarded as a center for Iroquoian history and cultural preservation. His understanding of woodlands people and the colonial history of the east is extensive and often lectures on the subject across the United States and Europe.

Michael has expert knowledge of Native American material culture and art specializing in eastern woodland cultures and has been actively working with the many Haudenosaunee communities to preserve ancient arts for over 20 years.

Michael has worked as a costume and historical consultant in film and television and on historic site development for many years - most recently working with the Museum of the American Revolution on their Oneida Patriots exhibit.

He has recently written a book on the historical art of Robert Griffing and has published papers and articles on Haudenosaunee material culture in magazines and academic journals. He recently curated the 2017 exhibit “Hodinöhsö:ni’ Women: From the Time of Creation” at the Seneca Art & Culture Center and is currently researching and writing a book on the Moose-hair embroidered tumplines of the northeast woodlands and collaborating with the Museé du Quai Branly on an upcoming 2020 exhibit on “Wampum” and a longer term project working with their Royal Collection.

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