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Native American Heritage Days

posted Aug 16, 2011, 2:46 PM by Dennis Hirschfelt   [ updated Aug 16, 2011, 2:53 PM ]
The Hull Family Home & Farmstead (5976 Genesee Street at Pavement Road, Lancaster, NY) and Neto Hatinakwe Onkwehowe Arts & Culture Center are collaborating to host Native American Heritage Days – Pride, Spirit, Tradition, a new 
event celebrating local Native American heritage, on Saturday, August 27 and Sunday, August 28.  Representatives of the Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) Nation will offer glimpses of  living Native American culture including traditional music, the Buffalo Creek  Dancers, corn husk doll making, storytelling, displays of wampum and artifacts, food and craft vendors, and children’s activities and games. Tours of the c. 1810 Hull Family home, which anchors the Farmstead site and is currently undergoing restoration, are included throughout the event.

Event hours are Noon – 6 p.m. each day. Admission each day is $5 for adults, $2 for students and children aged 10-18, and free for children age 9 and younger.  Further information is available at www.hullfamilyhome.org.

Built by Revolutionary War veteran Warren Hull and his family, the Hull Family Home & Farmstead, anchored by the c. 1810 oldest stone residence in Erie Countylisted on the National and NYS Registers of Historic Places, is being developed to  interpret agricultural and family life in Western New York during the 1810-1825 pre-Erie Canal frontier period. These lands, however, were originally inhabited by the Haudenosaunee Nations and its people would have been known to the Hulls; a 
complete historical presentation of the site during the settlement period would not be complete without representation of Haudenosaunee culture. Long-range plans for the site include a Native American cultural area where traditional crafts and 
daily life will be interpreted by Native American partner organizations. 

The life and experience of the Indigenous Peoples of the Americas are inseparable from the history of the United States. Translated from the Cayuga language as “Here Lives the People,” the Neto Hatinakwe Onkwehowe Arts & Culture Center’s missionis to promote and support the art and culture of its peoples in Western New York. This not-for-profit organization was formed in Buffalo, NY in 1992 to promote, preserve and protect native arts, culture programs and initiatives. For more information, consult www.netobuffalo.org.
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Dennis Hirschfelt,
Aug 16, 2011, 2:49 PM