In keeping with Friends of Ganondagan’s commitment to demonstrating and highlighting the vibrancy of living Native American culture, experience this year’s Native American Dance & Music Festival bringing actor and vocalist Gary Farmer (Cayuga, Wolf Clan) with his blues band, “The Troublemakers.” Making their Ganondagan debut, they will perform both festival days, Saturday and Sunday, July 28 and 29, 2018.
Paired with contemporary entertainers for this 27th annual event will be additional daily performances by the Allegany River Dancers in regalia led by singer Bill Crouse (Seneca); traditional artisan demonstrators; Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) storytelling, family programming at the Family Discovery Tent, vendors at the popular Native American Arts Market, tours of the Bark Longhouse replica and the Seneca Art & Culture Center—including the new exhibit Hodinöhsö:ni’ Women: From the Time of Creation—guided trail walks, food, and raffle opportunities.
Last year’s success with the first-ever juried Hodinöhsö:ni’ Art Show at Ganondagan has led to a second edition for 2018. Ganondagan is fully committed to promoting contemporary Haudenosaunee artists and their work to the public. Haudenosaunee artists can enter up to three pieces for consideration in four divisions: beadwork, basketry, traditional arts, and fine art. Awards will be presented at the opening reception on Friday, July 27, and all pieces will be available for purchase.
The multiple-recorded blues band Gary Farmer & The Troublemakers was established in 2005 in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Musicians are Derek Miller and Jaime Bird Yellowhorse (electric guitar), Jme Russell, (drums) Teri Diers and Margaret Burke (vocals), and Farmer (harmonica and vocals). The concept for the band is the love of the blues and its departure into rock & roll, jazz, reggae, and soul. Well-known also as an actor, Farmer has more than 100 film and TV appearances to his credit, with some of popular favorites being PowWow Highway, The Dark Wind, and Smoke Signals.