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Indigenous Peoples’ Community Day

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Sunday, October 8, 2023


Join the Everson Museum of Art, Neighbors of the Onondaga Nation, Women of Italian and Syracuse Heritage CNY, local sponsors, and Onondaga artisans and food vendors for Syracuse’s growing Indigenous Peoples’ Day event at the Everson Museum of Art. The museum will be free throughout the day and feature a variety of public and educational programs and activities. Then, join us on the plaza for ceremonies, tabling by local sponsors and the third annual Refocus Film Screening.

Inside of the Everson Museum of Art
10:00am–5:00pm: The Everson Museum is open and free to the public.
Featuring an open studio of the Everson’s Artist-In-Residence Natasha Smoke Santiago.
10:00 am–2:00pm: Docent Led Tours of Pepe Mar: Magic Vessel
10:00–11:00am: Studio Tour with Natasha Smoke Santiago
11:00–11:45am: The Haudenosaunee Singers and Dancers 

Outside on the Community Plaza
1:00pm: Thanksgiving Address
1:30pm: Onondaga Nation Singers 
1:30–6:00pm: Kids’ Art Activities
2:00pm: Artist Demonstrations: Basketmaking with Robin Lazore
2:40pm: Artist Demonstrations: Beadwork with Karenlyn Hill 
3:20pm: Artist Demonstrations: Stonework with Tom Huff
4:00pm: Artist Demonstrations: Mural Making with Brandon Lazore
4:40pm: Artist Demonstrations: Ceramic Firing with Natasha Smoke Santiago
5:20pm: Artist Demonstrations: Wooden Stickmaking with Jack Johnson
6:00pm: The Haudenosaunee Singers and Dancers
6:50–8:00pm: Third Annual Refocus Film Screening
sherriHaudenosaunee Singers and Dancers
The Haudenosaunee Singers and Dancers from the Onondaga Nation and surrounding areas, will share Haudenosaunee social dances as practiced in their community just south of Syracuse, NY. Elegant and knowledgeable leader Sherri Waterman-Hopper has traveled internationally as an artist and cultural speaker. The dance troupe features a core group of singers and dancers who are talented and dedicated young adults. Each dance gives thanks and acknowledgement to various aspects of the natural world.

Audience participation and interaction is encouraged during their dance program and pride in the Haudenosaunee ways of life and adherence to traditions are hallmarks of this disciplined dance troupe.


Refocus Film Screening 

The Refocus film series will run approximately 50 minutes and be projected on the exterior wall of the Everson Museum of Art. This year traditional Haudenosaunee values in relation to Dehoñtjihgwa’és (lacrosse) will be centered. 


Sponsored by:

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We would like to acknowledge the sponsors of Onondaga Nation, Women of Italian and Syracuse Heritage CNY:

Great Law of Peace Center, PBS, Alliance for a Green Economy, American Indian Law Alliance, All Saints Catholic Parish, ArtRage, Central New York Community Foundation, Neighbors of the Onondaga Nation, Women of Italian and Syracuse Heritage, Syracuse Peace Council, Workers’ Center of Central New York, Indigenous Values Initiative, ACLU of New York, Premier Lacrosse League, Syracuse Cultural Workers

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