First Peoples' Festival Sat Sept. 29th 2012 in Dewitt Park!

The First Peoples’ Festival is a celebration of Indigenous peoples of New York State with traditional music, crafts, displays and foods. We provide an educational opportunity for the public to learn more about the traditions and unlearn the stereotypes connected with Indigenous cultures. The First Peoples’ Festival is in Dewitt Park in partnership with Ithaca’s Apple Harvest Festival.

Date: Saturday, September 29th, 2012

Time: 10:00am-5:30pm

Where: Dewitt Park, corner of N. Cayuga & Buffalo Streets, Ithaca, NY

List of performers and activities:

• Allegany River Indian Dancers
• Bluesman Butch Mudbone
• Traditional Flute Music by Dan Hill
• Crow Weaver Band
• Traditional stories by Barbara Bethman-Mahooty at Dewitt Park & Amanda Crouse on the Commons  1:30 pm slot (more info to follow)
• Making traditional Lacrosse Sticks by Alf Jacques
• Children’s Activities including water drums by Allyn Underwood, balloon fun by Amazing Pete, face painting, Home Depot building hands-on activities and more

·         Displays by CCETC’s Primitive Pursuits, Way2Go and more

·         Traditional Foods – corn soup, buffalo burgers, fried bread and more

·         Arts & Crafts, paintings, jewelry, silver and more


Sponsored by: Multicultural Resource Center, American Indian Program at Cornell, Cornell University, Cornell Cooperative Extension TC, Ithaca College, Tompkins Cortland Community College, Wells College, Home Depot, GreenStar, and Downtown Ithaca Business Alliance.

This program made possible by a grant from the Tompkins County Tourism Program and the Community Arts Partnership.

Design by Shirari Industries,

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For more information please contact Audrey Cooper 607-272-2292.


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