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Artpark’s Strawberry Moon Festival Celebrates Indigenous Peoples and Culture

Artpark’s Strawberry Moon Festival united the community in song, dance, storytelling and culture on Saturday.

by jmaloni

Mon Jun 20, 2022 10:50 AM

Artpark & ​​Company’s Strawberry Moon Festival celebrated the native cultures of the Western New York region on Saturday through storytelling, music, dance, and arts and crafts. Guests participated in an inclusive and engaging community gathering of the Native American community and were entertained by an eclectic lineup of performers performing on multiple stages.

Now in its third year, the free event celebrated the many contributions made by Indigenous peoples to shaping this region and the global stage. Activities at the Emerald Grove Stage near “Murmuration” and the Native American Peace Garden highlighted diverse and expressive Native American cultures through the arts, food tasting, storytelling, workshops, musical presentations and the ever-popular smoke dance contests. Jordan Smith served as emcee and musical accompaniment.

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Artpark is committed to Indigenous arts programming and outreach with a full season of Indigenous programming designed for and by the local Indigenous community. The programming, designed and curated by Michele-Elise Burnett (Métis/Algonquin, Bear Clan and Artpark Indigenous arts producer), is aimed at residents of the Indigenous community of Lewiston, Youngstown and beyond, as well as people non-natives who want to know more about culture and traditions. Click here for a list of programs planned for 2022.

Visit artpark.net for a current calendar of events.

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