Come to the Finger Lakes to celebrate Ganondagan’s 26th annual Native American Dance & Music Festival! July 22 and 23 in Victor, NY. The 2017 Native American Dance & Music Festival promises performances by The Akwesasne Women Singers, Bear Fox, Kevin Locke, Iroquois Social Dancers, and the festival’s first ever juried art show!
Ganondagan’s Native American Dance & Music Festival is the only event of its kind in Western New York, drawing over 4,000 people from around the country and world each year. This popular summer event features a wide range of Native American traditions. Native dancers, musicians, storytellers, and artists will be on hand to display their talents and cultural heritage.
Entertainment this year comes in many forms, including the Kontiwennenhawi: Akwesasne Women Singers. Kontiwennenhá:wi (translated as Carriers of the Words) is a traditional women’s singing group from the Mohawk Nation Territory of Akwesasne. The group is made up of teachers, social workers, students, and retirees determined to help keep the Mohawk language alive.
Singer-songwriter Bear Fox, a member of the Akwesasne Women Singers, will make her Ganondagan debut this year. Bear Fox is a two-time Native American Music Award winner sings about her life at Akwesasne.
Kevin Locke returns to Ganondagan this year with his Northern Plains Indigenous Flute playing, Lakota Storytelling, and Hoop Dance. Kevin Locke has spent the last 35 years performing in over 90 countries around the world.
Other entertainment includes the popular Iroquois Social Dancers and Iroquois storytelling. Festival goers will enjoy the opportunity to peruse the offerings at the Native American Arts Market and enjoy traditional Native American foods. There will be many interesting exhibits and interactive displays to experience. The Wegmans Family Discovery Tent will have lots of hands-on things to do like making cornhusk dolls and fry-bread.
Other attractions include guided trail walks, bark longhouse tours, and don’t miss the Hodinöhsö:ni’ Art Show in the Seneca Art & Culture Center! This is the Native American Dance & Music Festival’s first juried art show and promises to be a highlight of the festival.
Ganondagan, also known as Boughton Hill, is the location of the largest 17th century Seneca village. The site is in the present-day Town of Victor, southwest of the Village of Victor, and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Celebrate the 26th annual Native American Dance & Music Festival, Saturday-Sunday, July 22-23, 2017, 10am – 6pm. Nowhere else in the area can you experience the incredible diversity of our living Native American culture.
Come on out and experience this popular Finger Lakes festival and the incredible diversity of living Native American culture!
Native American Dance & Music Festival
July 22 – 23, 2017 | 10am – 6pm
Ganondagan, State Route 444, Victor, NY 14564
Visit www.ganondagan.org for directions and more information.
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