Colgate University’s annual Native American Arts & Culture Festival is from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 20. 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 ages. It will take place indoors, rain or shine, at the Sanford Field House, Route 12B, Hamilton.
Music and dance acts take place all day, with plenty of seating provided. Performers include: Dan Hill (Cayuga), traditional flute music, 10 a.m. and 1:15 p.m.; the Haudenosaunee Singers and Dancers, members of various Iroquois nations, fast-paced smoke dances and traditional social dances, 11:15 a.m. and 2:15 p.m.; Ayazamana, traditional music and dance of Ecuador, 12:30 and 4 p.m.
The festival also includes a Native American craft market, in which vendors from various indigenous cultures and communities offer a wide array of unique items for sale including jewelry, pottery, baskets, beadwork, dolls, leatherwork, weavings, and other crafts. Artists also offer sculpture in stone, antler, and clay, as well as prints and paintings. Craft demonstrations and presentations take place all day.
Visitors may also sample a variety of Iroquois foods, including made-to-order Indian tacos, buffalo chili, buffalo pie, venison or elk sausage, corn soup, three sisters soup, fry bread with fruit, as well as other foods and beverages, which will be available for purchase throughout the day.
There will be a “Children’s Corner” just inside the entrance, which includes coloring, maze puzzles, and making traditional cornhusk dolls, paper canoes, ornaments, and bead bracelets with the help of Colgate students. 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.
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The festival is organized by Colgate’s Native American Studies Program in cooperation with the Native American Student Association, and generously supported by the Upstate Institute, Sociology and Anthropology Department, ALANA Cultural Center, Core Communities and Identities, and Longyear Museum of Anthropology.