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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 including ceremonies, tabling by local sponsors and the third annual Refocus Film Screening.

Schedule at 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
Gallery B
10:00–11:00am: Studio Tour with Natasha Smoke Santiago
Education Center
11:00–11:45am: The Haudenosaunee Singers and Dancers
Sculpture Court
1:00pm: Thanksgiving Address
Sculpture Court
1:30pm: Onondaga Nation Singers
Sculpture Court
1:30–6:00pm: Kids’ Art Activities
Sculpture Court

2:00pm: Artist Demonstration: Wooden Stick Marking with Travis Gabriel
2:40pm: Artist Demonstration: Basket Making with Robin Lazore 
3:20pm: Artist Demonstration: Beadwork with Karenlyne Hill
4:00pm: Artist Demonstration: Stonework with Tom Huff
4:40pm: Artist Demonstration: Mural Making with Brandon Lazore
5:20pm: Artist Demonstration: Ceramic Firing with Natasha Smoke Santiago
Community Plaza

6:00pm: The Haudenosaunee Singers and Dancers
Sculpture Court
6:50–8:00pm: Third Annual Refocus Film Screening
Hosmer Auditorium


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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 organizers: Neighbors of the Onondaga Nation (a committee of the Syracuse Peace Council) and Women of Italian and Syracuse Heritage CNY; as well as CNY Community Foundation, Urban Video Project-Light Work, and the Haudenosaunee Environmental Task Force for their essential support.

Film contributors are Skä•noñh Great Law of Peace Center (OHA), Stylin Strings, Premier Lacrosse League, and PBS.

Festival sponsors include All Saints Church; Alliance for a Green Economy; American Indian Law Alliance; ArtRage; Cornell University American Indian and Indigenous Studies Program; CNY Solidarity Coalition; Indigenous Values Initiative; Nuclear Information & Resource Service; NY Civil Liberties Union; NY Public Interest Research Group; OCHD Lead Poisoning Prevention Program; Onondaga County Public Libraries; SUNY ESF Office of Inclusion, Diversity, and Equity; Syracuse International Film Festival; Syracuse Cultural Workers; SU Native Student Program; Taylor Copy; Unchained; Veterans for Peace Chapter 51; and Workers Center of CNY.

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