The first permanent gallery of the Buffalo Fine Arts Academy was constructed on the traditional land of the Seneca (Onödowá’ga), part of the Six Nations Confederacy (Hodinöhsö:ni’), and it is on this land that the Buffalo AKG Art Museum resides today. The native occupants of this land were among the estimated 10 million Native Americans in precolonial North America who were displaced.
For many residents of Western New York, the legacy of displaced Native Americans is visible only as place names and street signs—including the Scajaquada Corridor immediately north of the museum campus. As an institution, we collectively acknowledge this land as the traditional home of the Seneca and honor the Native American members of our community who continue to bear the burden of this history as they live nearby and among us. We are grateful to live, work, and learn on this land.