Summer Festival at Kanatsiohareke This Weekend

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Strawberry FEstivalThe Kanatsiohareke (Gah-Nah-Joe-Hah- Lay- Gay) Summer Festival is a family-friendly celebration of Mohawk culture that is shared with friends, relatives, volunteers and everybody in the local Mohawk River Valley community.

The event includes Iroquois (Haudenosaunee) storytelling, dancing, music and culture as well as contemporary music. Vendors will be selling Native American art works and crafts. Food will include some traditional Mohawk dishes as well as organic grass-fed beef.

The Performances will include:

Kay Olan: Award winning Mohawk storyteller

Cousin Trouble (Local Folk Duet)

Corn Bred (Central New York’s All native blues band)

Crow Weaver (Musician plus provider of carbon free ,Solar powered, sound system)

Darryl Tonemah (Kiowa/Comanche/Tuscarora singer and songwriter),

Kontiwennenhawi (The Akwesasne Women Singers, featuring NAMMY -native american music Award winner, Bear Fox),

The Haudenosaunee Singers and Dancers with Sherri Waterman Hopper (Onondaga),

Traditional Iroquois Dancers with Al George,

Dawn Avery (Award winning Cellist:, traditional and contemporary musician),

Spider Nick & The Maddogs (east Coast regional ska, reggae, soul band),

Kindig Sindaw from Lotus Music and Dance (Indigenous Filipino Dancers),

Joe & Jesse Bruchac (Abenaki music and storytelling),

Penny Jar Band (Local Old Timey Music),

Spirit Wing (contemporary Native American inspired folk music),

Gypsy Red (progressive folk,

Eric Marczak, (flute maker and musician),

This event will be held on June 28th and 29th from 10 am to 6 pm both days. Admission is $5.00 for adults, $3,00 for seniors and children under 12, and children under 5 are free. All events at Kanatsiohareke are drug and alcohol free.

Kanatsiohareke is located at 4934 State Highway 5, Fonda, NY. For more information visit their website at

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