Festival celebrates Native American culture

Updated: 07/27/2014 11:31 PM
Created: 07/27/2014 6:52 PM WHEC.com

People gathered to celebrate Native American culture this weekend in Ontario County.

The 23rd annual Native American Dance and Music Festival was held at Gonondagan, a historic Seneca Nation site.

The festival had a variety of performers, art and other cultural displays.

The site’s director says the festival is all about celebrating a way of life.

“In general, we’re getting together to celebrate the Native American way of life and to see the continuing traditions that are a part of our way of life. We want to share those with the public and have a good time while we’re doing that,” said Peter Jemison.

A Grammy award-winning Native American songstress was also at the festival. Joanne Shenandoah has performed for the Dali Lama and at the Vatican.

“For me it’s a real blessing to be here in Seneca territory, with the roots of the words of peace, which is the most profound and important thing we can present here. I love this idea that this new venture is coming together for Gonondagan, and I think people should come out here and check it out,” said Shenandoah.

Gonondagan is working to open a new art and culture center. Construction is already underway, and the center is scheduled to open next summer.

For more information about Gonondagan, click here.

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