Ganondagan, (ga·NON·da·gan) a site of a former traditional Seneca village that is located southeast of Rochester, NY recently held their 25th annual Music and Dance Festival. The two day event included traditional Haudenosaunee singers and dancers lead by Bill Crouse (Seneca) and Zuni Olla Maidens who travelled from New Mexico and contemporary musical artist Daryll Tonemah (Kiowa, Comanche, and Tuscarora).
Traditional Native art demonstrations by Carrie Hill (Mohawk), Peter Jones (Seneca) and Frazer Sundown (Oneida) added a great dimension to the festival.
Michael Galban (Washoe/Paiute) who has been curator at Ganondagan festival over the last 25 years told Indian Country Today, “25 years ago this was a very quiet place. I think now the light under our basket has been exposed.”
Here are 10 great photos from the 25th Annual Ganondagan Festival.
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