Indigenous Peoples’ Day: Celebrate and Refocus

Indigenous Peoples’ Day: Celebrate and Refocus, Sunday Oct 8, 2023 doors open at 10:00 am and programing begins at 11 am.

ALL EVENTS WILL BE HELD IN DOORS (food vendors will be outdoors in a covered area)

The host for this Festival is the Everson Museum of Art (701 S State St, Syracuse), Everson is offering free admission as part of their monthly community day program.

For more info, download the flyer in BW, flyer in Color or see the facebook event.

Free and open to all!

Sunday, October 8th, join Women of Italian and Syracuse Heritage in CNY (WISH CNY), Neighbors of the Onondaga Nation (NOON)-a project of the Syracuse Peace Council, and many more for this year’s Indigenous Peoples’ Day Community Festival and and Refocus Films Screening on Onondaga territory. This exciting day-long festival features Haudenosaunee singing and social dancing, Onondaga vendors, speakers, local community groups, Haudenosaunee artists, and a series of short films.

We begin our celebration with the Haudenosaunee Thanksgiving Address, “the words spoken before all others,” which is given before Haudenosaunee gatherings. Haudenosaunee singers will provide music for participatory Haudenosaunee social dancing prior to this year’s showing of short films in celebration of Haudenosaunee culture.

The Refocus films screening begins at 7 PM.  Refocus film series will run approximately 50 minutes and be projected on the exterior wall of the Everson Museum of Art. This year, we center traditional Haudenosaunee values in relation to Dehoñtjihgwa’és (lacrosse). Refocus is supported by  Urban Video Project/ LightWorks (SU).

Indigenous Peoples’ Day Community Festival 2023   

10:00 am – 5:00 pm: The Everson Museum is open and free to the public! Featuring an open studio of the Everson’s Artist-In-Residence Natasha Smoke Santiago [downstairs]

10:00 am – 2:00 pm: Docent Led Tours of Pepe Mar: Magic Vessel 

10:00 – 11:00 am: Studio Tour with Natasha Smoke Santiago [downstairs]

11:00 – 11:45 am: Sherri Waterman-Hopper with The Haudenosaunee Singers 

and Dancers (also 6:00 pm) [sculpture court, ground floor]

1:00 pm: Thanksgiving Address from Jake Edwards [sculpture court, ground floor]
1:30 pm: Singing– Ryan Oakes and Nate Sullivan [sculpture court, ground floor]
1:30 pm 6:00 pm: Kids Art Activities [ground floor]

Featured Artists 2:00 – 6:00 pm

2:00 pm: Featured Artist- Wooden Stick Making, Travis Gabriel [Education center, downstairs]
2:40 pm: Featured Artist- Basketry, Robin Lazore [Education center, downstairs]
3:20 pm: Featured Artist- Beading, Karenlyne Hill [Education center, downstairs]
4:00 pm: Featured Artist- Stone Sculpting, Tom Huff [Education center, downstairs]
4:40 pm: Featured Artist- Mural Painting, Brandon Lazore (Everson)  [Education center, downstairs]
5:20 pm: Featured Artist- Ceramic Firing, Natasha Smoke Santiago– [plaza, outdoors]

6:00 – 6:45 pm: Sherri Waterman-Hopper with The Haudenosaunee Singers and Dancers (also 11:00 am)  [sculpture court, ground floor]
7:00 – 8:00 pm
: 3rd Annual Refocus Films Screening, Ryder Jacques introduction  [auditorium, downstairs]

8:00 pm: Closing

*Food vendors and tables/chairs are outdoors, on the plaza under the cantilever overhang, to protect from rain. 

Onondaga craft vendors are in the sculpture court on the ground floor, and community organizations are downstairs.

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