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Welcome to the Multicultural Resource website!

This is the online presence of the Multicultural Resource Centre in Ithaca, New York, and we hope that by using a virtual platform, we can reach more people and offer further information on several issues and projects we are working on.

A heartfelt thank you goes out to Tom Roland, who created this site for us and helps us out when we forget our passwords. Thank you, Tom!

On this website, you will notice different buttons to click on. These will help you navigate to pages containing information on our many services, resources, updates and news, as well as our registration information. Please feel free to explore these pages and let us know if there is something you want to see or something you think is inaccurate – we are all here to learn fhttp://multicultural-resource.org/wp-admin/post.php?post=8&action=edit#rom one another!

We pride ourselves on providing a safe, equal space for discussion and dialogue between people from different backgrounds, religions and heritage. We host several events throughout the year, such as our Re-Thinking Thanksgiving activity in 2013.

This lively, engaging, and content-based presentation gave an overview of the history of this very misunderstood holiday. Based on the only primary source documents that chronicle the “First Thanksgiving” and using a quiz-style format (everyone will ‘take’ the quiz as part of the program), participants learned accurate and culturally appropriate information about the English settlers at Plymouth and the Wampanoag, the Native people who inhabited that area.

The presentation discussed the actual events of 1621 including the feast, the relationship between the English settlers and the Wampanoag and how this story became the holiday we know today. The concept of thanksgiving held by many Native Americans was be emphasized throughout.

Although they were not present in Plymouth in 1621, connections to the Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) concepts of Thanksgiving were also discussed so students could understand how Native Peoples view Thanksgiving today.

Biography of Presenter – Perry Ground

Perry Ground is a Turtle Clan member of the Onondaga Nation of the Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) Confederacy. He has been telling stories for over 20 years as a means of educating people about the culture, beliefs and history of the Haudenosaunee. Perry learned most of the stories he shares from the elders of various Native American communities and feels that practicing and perpetuating the oral traditions of Native people is an important responsibility.

Perry also gives presentations on a variety of aspects of Haudenosaunee history and culture. Sharing information in age-appropriate, engaging ways allows Perry to dispel stereotypes and misconceptions about Native People.

Professionally, Perry has worked in several museums including The Children’s Museum of Houston, Sainte Marie among the Iroquois, Shako:wi Cultural Center and Ganondagan State Historic Site. He has shared his stories in countless museums, libraries, classrooms, and festivals throughout the northeast and also has guest lectured at numerous colleges. Currently, Perry is the Project Director of the Native American Resource Center in Rochester, NY.