About the Festival

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 21, 2018

Saturday, September 22, 2018

Sunday, September 23, 2018

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


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 Old Bridge Singers

The Old Bridge Singers are a drum / singing group made up of mostly family members from the Ohi:yo' reservation otherwise known as the Alleghany Indian Reservation in southwestern New York. They represent different tribes from within the Haudenosaunee, or Iroquois Confederacy. They were taught by their fathers, uncles, and grandfathers not only in their own ways but also from what they had learned from many pow wows. They formed their own group in the early 1980s known then as the Treaty of 1794 singers but later became the White Pine Singers. As the members changed over the years, the name was, once again changed to the Old Bridge Singers in early 2000s.

The songs they sing are mostly composed by their own singers, as well as a few that were given to the group. They also sing some classics from time to time. They have an older style of singing compared to many other Native American drum groups.They enjoy traveling and sharing their music and culture to all.

Their name comes from the 3 bridges left behind when, in the 1960's the Army Corp of Engineers put a dam on the rivers that runs through the reservation flooding 10,000 acres and displacing over 100 families resulting in a way of life gone forever. 3 bridges ere in the flood plain; one one each end and one in the middle. The name Old Bridge honors the 3 bridges and the fight and struggle their ancestors went through there. It is also a means of saying "We are still here and still carrying on our ways."

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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".


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.

"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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To learn some general Pow Wow Etiquette please visit the following website http://www.powwows.com/main/pow-wow-visitors-guide/