Indigenous Music & Arts Festival
Our annual Festival is a family highlight of the season!
Headliners Soh Daiko Japanese taiko drummers is a visual and auditory spectacle that will blow the performance tent away! This Japanese group performs traditional compositions from Shinto music tradition and original arrangements. In addition to drums, the group incorporates accessories such as bamboo flutes, brass bells, conch shells, gongs, African shekere, and Tahitian toere (wooden slit drum). Witness visual elements of movement and choreography, requiring physical strength, endurance, and energy that make taiko such a thrilling performance experience.
Don't miss the culturally diverse Native music performers Robert “Freightrain” Parker and his band “Freightrain" making their Ganondagan debut. Winner of the 2018 Indigenous Music Award Best Blues Album, this soulful band has a distinctive and energetic approach to American roots. Popular Iroquois Social Dancing returns, performing twice daily this year with Bill Crouse (Seneca) leading the Allegany River Dancers in full regalia.
The full slate of festival activities include the fantasticHodinöhsö:ni’ juried art show, Native American Arts Market, traditional arts demonstrators, storytelling, Indigenous food, guided trail walks, raffles, the Family Discovery Tent, and so much more.