Native Nations Festival: A Native American Cultural Celebration & Interactive Powwow

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Date(s) - 09/16/2023 - 09/17/2023
10:00 am - 6:00 pm

9620 Dry Run Rd
Painted Post, NY


A celebration of Native American Culture returns. All are welcome to The Annual Native Nations Festival on September 16 & 17 at The Y at Watson Woods (formerly Watson Homestead). Admission and parking are FREE and open to the public.

This event, organized by Seven Generations of Stewards presents a Native American Cultural Celebration featuring: Live Drumming, Singing & Traditional Dance, Arts & Crafts, Intertribal Teachings, Hands-on Native Games, Native American Food, Demonstrations and much more. Rain or Shine!

Throughout each day at the Native Nations Festival, there will be demonstrations that will help everyone learn more about the Native American Culture. Featured regularly in the Performance Circle are:

  • The Thunderbird American Indian Dancers are the oldest resident Native American dance company in New York. The troupe was founded in 1963 by a group of ten Native American men and women, who were descended from Mohawk, Hopi, Winnebago and San Blas tribe.
  • The Nahui Ollin Aztec Dancers perform their dances wearing “full traditional regalia,” of vibrant colored feathers from pheasants, roosters and macaws, animal shaped headdresses and animal skin robes. Luis and Rose Salinas and their family from Mexico City, appear at cultural events and festivals throughout the U.S.
  • Perry Ground, Story Teller, uses traditional storytelling to promote understanding and appreciation of the history, culture, and beliefs of the Haudenosaunee.
  • The Old Bridge Singers, a singing/drumming group come from the Ohi:yo’, or Allegany, Territory in Western New York. The Native American group travels and shares not only the songs and dances of the Haudenosaunee, but Western powwow singing as well.
  • New this year, Lenora White, Story Teller. Leeora is a Turtle Clan member of the Seneca Nation and resides at Allegany. She was inspired by her late Grandfather Duwayne “Duce” Bowen, a well-known Seneca Storyteller, to continue his legacy of storytelling.

There will be great learning and educational opportunities for everyone. There will also be over 20 craft and food vendors available for visitors.

This program is made possible, in part, with public funds from NYSCA’s Decentralization Program, administered regionally by the ARTS Council of the Southern Finger Lakes and Humanities New York/Action Grant. Seven Generations of Stewards is a community 501(c)3 non-profit organization.

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Saturday, September 16th, 9:00 am to 6:00 pm – General Admission for everyone.
Gates open at 9 am
Grand Entry at 10 am
Closing Ceremony at 5 pm
Gates close at 6 pm

Sunday, September 17th, 9:00 am to 4:00 pm – General Admission for everyone.
Gates open at 9 am
Grand Entry at 10 am
Closing Ceremony at 3 pm
Gates close at 4 pm

The Y at Watson Woods (formerly Watson Homestead)
9620 Dry Run Rd
Painted Post, NY 14870

We understand that your pets are important to you, however, because of two 2021 incidents and the Y at Watson Woods rules, NO pets are allowed on the grounds during the event. Thank you for your understanding.

Demonstrations and EXHIBITORS’ Details:
Demonstrations will be scheduled each day and will include interactive, educational, and artisan topics. Several exciting demonstrations will be ongoing through both days.

Currently, we have storytelling, our own tipi, and other housing displays, live horse and hawk demonstrations, drumming, and beadwork. The line-up will be constantly changing and growing.

Please email or call Tom at 607-346-3256 for more information. The Vendor application can be found on our website or Facebook page.

Camping & Lodging Options:
There are many camping and lodging options for the Native Nations Festival including the following:

The Y at Watson Woods Conference & Retreat Center, Ferenbaugh Camping and Recreation Area, Watkins Glen/Corning KOA, Cardinal Campground, Camp Bell Campground.

Hotels & B&Bs:
Econo Lodge Painted Post (A Seven Generations of Stewards partner), America’s Best Value Inn, Budget Inn, Comfort Inn and Suites, Hampton Inn, Radisson Hotel, Ramada Inn, Staybridge Suites, Villa Bernese, Rosewood Inn, Hillcrest Manor Bed & Breakfast, Halcyon Place Bed & Breakfast

Seven Generations of Stewards ( is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to educating the public about Native heritage. We provide Native American cultural education at various venues including schools, libraries, offices, and festivals.

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