In keeping with Friends of Ganondagan’s commitment to demonstrating and highlighting the vibrancy of living Native American culture, this year’s Native American Dance and Music Festival brings actor and vocalist Gary Farmer with his blues band, The Troublemakers, in their Ganondagan debut on July 28-29.
The 27th annual festival will feature performances by the Allegany River Dancers in regalia led by singer Bill Crouse; traditional artisan demonstrators; Haudenosaunee storytelling; family programming at the Family Discovery Tent; vendors at the Native American Arts Market; tours of the Bark Longhouse replica and Seneca Art and Culture Center, including the new exhibit “Hodinohso:ni’ Women: From the Time of Creation”; guided trail walks; food; and raffle opportunities.
Last year’s success with the juried Hodinohso:ni’ Art Show at Ganondagan led to a second edition for 2018. Ganondagan is committed to promoting contemporary Haudenosaunee artists and their work to the public. Haudenosaunee artists can enter up to three pieces for consideration in four divisions: beadwork, basketry, traditional arts and fine art. Awards will be presented at the opening reception on July 27. All pieces will be available for purchase.
Gary Farmer and The Troublemakers was established in 2005 in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Its musicians are Derek Miller and Jaime Bird Yellowhorse on electric guitar, Jme Russell on drums, Teri Diers and Margaret Burke on vocals and Farmer on harmonica and vocals. The concept for the band is the love of the blues and its departure into rock ‘n’ roll, jazz, reggae and soul. As an actor, Farmer has more than 100 film and TV appearances to his credit, including “PowWow Highway,” “The Dark Wind” and “Smoke Signals.”
The festival runs from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Ganondagan Historic Site, 7000 County Road 41, Victor. Tickets are available at the event, and include all performances, activities and tours, including the Hodinohso:ni’ Art Show. Admission is free for Friends of Ganondagan members and children younger than 2. Tickets cost $12 general, $10 for ages 62 and older, $7 for students ages 18 and older with ID and $5 for ages 3-17.
In keeping with the Iroquois “Seventh Generation” principle, in which decisions are guided by consideration of the welfare and well-being of the seventh generation to come, festival waste will continue to be separated into compostables, recyclables and returnable bottles and cans.
Call (585) 742-1690 or visit ganondagan.org for information.