About the Festival

 

2019 UPDATE!!! The Festival is being planned for the 3rd weekend of September (as always). This the 21st and 22nd this year. We will keep you posted as plans firm up.

We have several key sponsors already committing funding again this year to once again, keep it free and open to the public!

These key financial sponsors currently include ...

  1. The ARTS Council of the Southern Finger Lakes
  2. The Corning Foundation
  3. The Corning Native American Council
  4. The Corning Latino Organization

And of course our sponsors in-kind and great friends ...

  1. The Watson Homestead
  2. The Rockwell Museum

They are the key reason that we can continue to put the festival on year after year!

More to come soon!

The Native Nations Festival, held at Watson Homestead, features a number of events. Come and enjoy arts & crafts, live drumming, singing and traditional dance. Additionally, learn from intertribal teachings, taste Native American food and see a live hawk demonstration!

There will be much to see and do at the Native Nations Festival, so come, participate and learn!

Festival Location

Watson Homestead
9620 Dry Run Rd.
Painted Post, NY 14870

Festival Dates

Friday, September 20, 2019

Saturday, September 22, 2019

Sunday, September 23, 2019

9am — 2pm

9am — 6pm (Grand entry at 10 am)

9am — 4pm (Grand entry at 10 am)

School attendance educational day

General attendance

General attendance

Performers and educators

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The Thunderbird American Indian Dancers - www.thunderbirdamericandancers.com

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, all New Yorkers, who were descended from Mohawk, Hopi, Winnebago and San Blas tribes. They founded the troupe to keep alive the traditions, songs and dances they had learned from their parents, and added to their repertoire from other Native Americans living in New York and some who were passing through. Within three or four years, they were traveling throughout the continental U.S., expanding and sharing their repertoire and gleaning new dances on the reservations. (A number of Thunderbird members are winners of Fancy Dance contests held on reservations, where the standard of competition is unmistakably high.) Members of the Thunderbirds range in professions from teachers to hospital patient advocates, tree surgeons and computer engineers who share a commitment to raising scholarships for young American Indian students.

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The Nahui Ollin Aztec Dancers represent the Salinas Family of Mexico City, Mexico.

They travel to many cultural events and festivals in the United States and perform their cultural dances. They have a special program designed for Native American festivals, Pow Wows, Cultural Events, Universities and schools.

Luis and his wife present in full traditional regalia.  They perform indigenous Aztec dances and educate about their culture and traditions. The public can participate in a slow and easy Friendship Circle Dance called "Tloke Nahauque".  Their program is closed with the traditional ancient movement of "Xicoatl" or the "Ceremonial Aztec Fire Dance".

Sponsors

This event would not be possible without the generosity of several sponsors who believe in the sharing of the Native American culture to all who wish to learn.

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"This project is made possible, in part with public funds from NYSCA's Decentralization Program, administered regionally by the ARTS Council of the Southern Finger Lakes."
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