Bill Crouse


Seneca, hawk clan – painting/drawing, traditional instruments, Seneca music and dance, cultural presentations.

Bill Crouse is an enrolled member of the Seneca Nation of Indians. He is a member of the Hawk Clan, and a Faith keeper of the Coldspring Longhouse on the Allegany Territory. Mr. Crouse is employed as Coordinator for the Seneca Language Dept. on the Allegany Territory. He is also a free lance artist and curriculum developer, and leader of a Seneca dance group called the Allegany River Dancers. The Allegany River Dancers have traveled and performed extensively throughout the North America and Europe. Mr. Crouse has also served as a consultant for the American Indian Dance Theater.

The visual expressions of Bill Crouse have everything to do with being a Seneca person, whether it is a visual analysis of a Seneca dancer performing, an owl looking over the edge of the Kinzua dam, or a giant snapping turtle swimming in the sea with an Iroquois village of longhouses on his back. His intense interest in Iroquois images goes hand in hand with his commitment to performing and educating people about Iroquois culture. Crouse grew up performing his culture, noting changes in styles as he grew. Although he is better known as an MC and head singer of the Allegany River Indian Dancers, Crouse’s acrylic paintings, watercolors, and sketches show another side of his expression.

To purchase artwork or book the Allegany River Dancers please contact Bill at (716) 244-0705 or To purchase Bill’s artwork and artwork from other native artists you can visit him at his new gallery:

Seneca Artz Gallery
702 1/2 Broad Street
Salamanca, NY
*Open by appointment only, call 716-244-0705