Colgate University’s annual Native American Arts & Culture Festival will take place from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 21, at Colgate’s Sanford Field House on Route 12B in Hamilton. The festival celebrates Indigenous American culture with live music and dance, craft demonstrations, handmade Native American items for sale, children’s activities, and more. The festival is free, open to the public, and fun for all.
Music and dance acts take place all day, with plenty of seating provided. Performers include Dan Hill (Cayuga) with traditional flute music. Also entertaining the guests will be The Haudenosaunee Singers and Dancers from various Iroquois nations, as well as Tahuantinsuyo, a troupe performing traditional music and dance of the Andes region of South America.
New this year is Darryl Tonemah (Kiowa/Comanche/Tuscarora), an award-winning singer-songwriter who has performed at many prestigious venues, including the 2002 Winter Olympics, the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, and many others.
There will be a cameo appearance by the musical director and world-famous flute musician Zacarías Rolando Encinas and three additional indigenous members of Música de Maestros, a professional Bolivian ensemble in residency at Colgate.
In addition to live performances, the festival includes a Native American craft market, in which vendors from various indigenous cultures and communities offer a wide array of unique items for sale.
Demonstrations will take place during the noon hour, including silver-working, stone sculpture, pottery, fancy basketwork, lacrosse stick making and more.
Visitors may also sample traditional Iroquois corn soup, buffalo burgers, and many other foods, which will be available for purchase throughout the day.
All are welcome. Young children will especially enjoy activities in the festive “Children’s Corner” just inside the entrance. Visitors may register at the welcome table to win a Native American craft item, which will be given away as door prizes during the day.
Contact Carol Ann Lorenz at 315-228-7184 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
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