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Native Nations Festival in Painted Post celebrates Culture and Interactive Powwow


(Painted Post, NY) – A celebration of Native American Culture returns. All are welcome to The Annual Native Nations Festival on September 16 and 17 at The Y at Watson Woods (formerly Watson Homestead), 2120 Dry Run Road, Painted Post, N.Y. Admission and parking are FREE and open to the public.

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This event, organized by Seven Generations of Stewards presents a Native American Cultural Celebration featuring: Live Drumming, Singing & Traditional Dance, Arts & Crafts, Intertribal Teachings, Hands-on Native Games, Native American Food, Demonstrations and much more. Rain or Shine.

Throughout each day at the Native Nations Festival, there will be demonstrations that will help everyone learn more about the Native American Culture. Featured regularly in the Performance Circle will be:

  • Thunderbird American Indian Dancers who are the oldest resident Native American dance company in New York. The troupe was founded in 1963 by a group of ten Native American men and women, who were descended from Mohawk, Hopi, Winnebago and San Blas tribe.
  • Nahui Ollin Aztec Dancers will perform their dances wearing “full traditional regalia,” of vibrant colored feathers from pheasants, roosters and macaws, animal shaped headdresses and animal skin robes. Luis and Rose Salinas, and their family from Mexico City, appear at cultural events and festivals throughout the U.S.
  • Perry Ground, Story Teller, uses traditional storytelling to promote understanding and appreciation of the history, culture and beliefs of the Haudenosaunee.
  • The Old Bridge Singers, a singing/drumming group come from the Ohi:yo’, or Allegany, Territory in Western New York. The Native American group travels and shares not only the songs and dances of the Haudenosaunee, but Western powwow singing as well.
  • New this year, Lenora White, Story Teller. Leeora is a Turtle Clan member of the Seneca Nation and resides at Allegany. She was inspired by her late Grandfather Duwayne “Duce” Bowen, a well-known Seneca Storyteller, to continue his legacy of storytelling.

There will be great learning and educational opportunities for everyone. There will also be over 20 craft and food vendors available for visitors.

This program is made possible, in part, with public funds from NYSCA’s Decentralization Program, administered regionally by the ARTS Council of the Southern Finger Lakes and Humanities New York/Action Grant. Seven Generations of Stewards is a community 501(c)3 non-profit organization.

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Saturday, September 16th, 9am to 6pm, General Admission
Gates open at 9am
Grand Entry at 10am
Closing Ceremony at 5pm
Gates close at 6pm

Sunday, September 17th, 9am to 4pm, General Admission
Gates open at 9am
Grand Entry at 10am
Closing Ceremony at 3pm
Gates close at 4pm

The Y at Watson Woods (formerly Watson Homestead)
9620 Dry Run Road
Painted Post, NY 14870