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.