G. Peter Jemison
G. Peter Jemison is a Heron Clan member of the Seneca Nation of Indians. He is the Historic Site Manager of Ganondagan State Historic Site, the site of a 17th century Seneca town located in Victor, New York. Ganondagan is a National Landmark, and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Peter is also the representative for the Seneca Nation of Indians on the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA). In addition, he is a professional artist, who in 1998 was honored for ³Excellence in Iroquois Arts² by the Governor of New York State. Mr. Jemison is a graduate of Buffalo State College in Buffalo, New York where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Art Education in 1967. In June 2003, Peter received the State University of New York¹s highest honor an honorary Doctorate of Fine Arts from Buffalo State College. He is currently pursuing graduate work at the State University of New York at Buffalo in American Studies. In February of 2004 Peter was elected to the Board of Directors of the American Association of Museums. He will serve a three year term as a Board Member-at-large.
Peter is the co-editor of TREATY OF CANANDAIGUA 1794, 200 Years of Treaty Relations between the Iroquois Confederacy and the United States. He is a curator of Native American Art recently he authored Haudenosaunee Living Treasures, which appeared in Heritage the magazine of the New York State Historical Association. Other exhibitions he has curated include The PAN-AMERICAN EXPOSITION CENTENNIAL: IMAGES OF THE AMERICAN INDIAN for the Burchfield-Penney Art Center Buffalo, New York, and Stan Hill THE SPIRIT RELEASED A Circle Complete, for the Fenimore Art Museum Cooperstown, New York. His own paintings and drawings have been in two one man exhibitions in 2003. First at the Sales Rental Gallery of the Albright-Knox Art Gallery in Buffalo, N.Y. and then at the Fenimore Art Museum in Cooperstown, N.Y. He had a one man show at the Finger Lakes Community College in April, 2004.
He has also written articles on the repatriation of sacred objects, cultural patrimony, and human remains to the Haudenosaunee( Iroquois Confederacy) and essays about Ganondagan. He currently represents the Seneca Nation of Indians on matters of repatriation.