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Haudenosaunee Craft, Music & Dance

August 3, 2019 @ 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM

The Water Drum: Haudenosaunee Craft, Music, and Dance

During two special Water/Ways programs presented by members of Haudenosaunee tribes and coordinated by New York Folklore, artists show how to make traditional Native American water drums and perform Haudenosaunee songs and social dances. Both programs are free and open to the public. They will take place in the second-floor Weighlock Gallery of the Erie Canal Museum, 318 Erie Boulevard East, downtown Syracuse.

From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Adrian John of the Seneca Nation Hawk Clan will demonstrate making a traditional Haudenosaunee water drum, going through the step-by-step process of creation. John is a resident of the Allegheny Indian Territory, and an educator and artist who works particularly as a traditional stone and wood carver.

From 2 p.m. to 3 p.m., Chris Thomas and His Smoke Dancers will perform Haudenosaunee Song and Social Dance. Thomas is a member of the Onondaga Nation Beaver Clan, and learned social dances at the Longhouse of the Onondaga Nation. An expert dancer who has won several Smoke Dance competitions, Thomas is also an educator who encourages participation in Haudenosaunee social dances.

These programs are offered in conjunction with the Smithsonian Institution’s Water/Ways exhibit, which will be on display at the Museum from June 29-August 11. Both the Museum and the Weighlock Gallery are handicapped accessible, and free parking is available in the lot across the street under routes 81 and 690. We hope you’ll join us for both events!

Folk Art programming for Water/Ways in NY is sponsored by New York Folklore, and supported by grants from the New York State Regional Economic Development Initiative, a program of Governor Andrew M Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, and the National Endowment for the Arts.


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Erie Canal Museum
318 Erie Boulevard East
Syracuse, NY 13202 United States
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