2017 Schedule

9:30 AM: Vendors Open

10:00 AM: Demonstrations Begin
Demonstrators will start on every hour and half hour mark throughout the day in front of their tables for 15 to 30 minutes at a time. Each demonstration will occur at least twice throughout the day and announced by festival emcee Sheldon Sundown, in addition to raffle and special announcements.

|FESTIVAL SHOWCASE EVENTS|
Each showcase will be introduced by the festival’s emcee Sheldon Sundown.
*PLEASE NOTE: Events in the Main Performance Area and Black Box Theater events may run concurrent of each other.

-MAIN PERFORMANCE AREA-
11:00 AM: Tom Porter‘s Opening Address
The festival will begin with a traditional opening address, delivered in Mohawk and English by Tom Sakokwenionkwas Porter, who positions with the Mohawk Nation Council of Chiefs and is the spokesman and spiritual leader of the Mohawk community of Kanatsiohareke.

12:00 PM: Flute Performance by Al Cleveland
Owner of Turtle Island Flutes, Al is known for his artistry as a flute maker and performer. For over 25 years, he has shared his love of Native flute music through CDs and at Powwows. He is a Turtle Clan member of the Mohawk Nation.

12:15 PM: Koniwenahawwi (Akwesasne Women Singers)
& Mohawk storyteller Kay Olan

Kontiwennahawi (Carriers Of The Words), The Akwesasne Women Singers, share songs that honor our Mother the Earth, our Grandmother the Moon, Grandparents from every generation, and the Great Law of Peace for our life’s foundations.

Kay Clan is a Wolf Clan Mohawk storyteller and educator. After teaching for 33 years, she relocated to the Traditional Mohawk Community at Kanatsiohareke where she worked as Director and as assistant to Mohawk Elder, Tom Porter, for 3 years.

1:15 PM: Onondaga Dancers
Iroquois Smoke Dance & Social Dances

2:15 PM: Black Hawk Singers Drum
The Black Hawk Singers are an Abenaki Indian Drum Group. First established in Canada during the summer of 2004 on the Abenaki Indian Reserve known as Odanak they have been performing at various Pow-wows through out the northeast and Quebec ever since. These Pow-wows to name include Rock Rattle and Drum, The Abenaki Heritage Festival, Odanak Reserve, Wolanak Reserve, Listigush Reserve, the Lasalette Shrine, and the Lake Siog Nipmuc Powwow.

3:15 PM: Onondaga Dancers
Iroquois Smoke Dance & Social Dances

4:15 PM: Iroquois storytelling with Perry Ground
Perry Ground is a Turtle Clan member of the Onondaga Nation of the Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) Confederacy. He has been telling stories for over 20 years as a means of educating people about the culture, beliefs and history of the Haudenosaunee. Perry learned most of the stories he shares from the elders of various Native American communities and feels practicing and perpetuating the oral traditions of Native people is an important responsibility.

5:00 PM: Black Hawk Singers Drum
The Black Hawk Singers are an Abenaki Indian Drum Group. First established in Canada during the summer of 2004 on the Abenaki Indian Reserve known as Odanak they have been performing at various Pow-wows through out the northeast and Quebec ever since. These Pow-wows to name include Rock Rattle and Drum, The Abenaki Heritage Festival, Odanak Reserve, Wolanak Reserve, Listigush Reserve, the Lasalette Shrine, and the Lake Siog Nipmuc Powwow.

6:30 PM: Tom Porter‘s Closing Address
The festival will end with a traditional closing address, delivered in Mohawk and English by Tom Sakokwenionkwas Porter, who positions with the Mohawk Nation Council of Chiefs and is the spokesman and spiritual leader of the Mohawk community of Kanatsiohareke.

– BLACK BOX THEATER –
These events will be held inside the Black Box Theater.

1:30 PM: Iroquois storytelling with Perry Ground
Perry Ground is a Turtle Clan member of the Onondaga Nation of the Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) Confederacy. He has been telling stories for over 20 years as a means of educating people about the culture, beliefs and history of the Haudenosaunee. Perry learned most of the stories he shares from the elders of various Native American communities and feels practicing and perpetuating the oral traditions of Native people is an important responsibility.

2:30 PM: Joseph Bruchac, James Bruchac, & Jesse Bruchac
Abenaki music and storytelling by the renowned trio Jesse, Joseph and James Bruchac

3:15 PM: Koniwenahawwi (Akwesasne Women Singers)
& Mohawk storyteller Kay Olan

Kontiwennahawi (Carriers Of The Words), The Akwesasne Women Singers, share songs that honor our Mother the Earth, our Grandmother the Moon, Grandparents from every generation, and the Great Law of Peace for our life’s foundations.

Kay Clan is a Wolf Clan Mohawk storyteller and educator. After teaching for 33 years, she relocated to the Traditional Mohawk Community at Kanatsiohareke where she worked as Director and as assistant to Mohawk Elder, Tom Porter, for 3 years.

5:00 PM: Gathering Our Hearts at Standing Rock: Film Screening with Oscar-nominated Director Fidel Moreno
Culled from 18 hours of interviews with 33 people at Standing Rock — including youth, mothers, grandmothers, grandfathers, First Nation people and non-Indian supporters — “Gathering Our Hearts at Standing Rock” is an ongoing documentary project, chronicling the story of the protectors at Standing Rock and their connection to the history of the American Indian Movement on their treaty-given lands of the American west.

Fidel Moreno identifies as Huichol, Chichimeca and Mexican American. He is an Oscar nominee in the Best Short Documentary category as co-producer and co-director of “Wiping the Tears of 7 Generations,” and a three-time Telly Award winner for “The Peyote Road” and “500 Nations.” Raised in both old Mexico and the Midwest area of the United States, Moreno’s work in documentary film and video since 1983 has focused on the struggle and dialogues of indigenous people and communities in Canada, the United States, Mexico and Central America. He has worked directly with many communities, aboriginal leaders, chiefs and elders in documenting environmental actions and issues, human rights violations and crisis relief services. Moreno is an activist passionate about working with youth and children through cultural literacy skill building, emotional development and purposeful life navigation.