Come celebrate our signature event, the 25th annual Native American Dance & Music Festival, Saturday-Sunday, July 23-24, 2016, 10am - 6pm. Nowhere else in the area can you experience the incredible diversity of our living Native American culture.
Influenced by the Eagles, Steve Earle, Dave Matthews and James Taylor, Darryl Tonemah had no idea that when he began writing songs in college, that several years later, he would have played thousands of shows, made numerous radio and TV appearances, released six albums with multiple awards and nominations, all while building up what has become an international fan base. Despite all of these successes, Tonemah retains a deep connection with his roots and a gift for intimate storytelling that has become his trademark.
A full-blooded Native American (Kiowa/Comanche/Tuscarora), growing up on and off reservations throughout the country, as well as his “day job” as Dr. Tonemah, has given him a unique perspective that is evident in his song writing. “I have had the blessing of seeing and experiencing a lot of things during my travels – some great, some heartbreaking, some funny. They all inspire song ideas, lines, chord progressions, and drum patterns scribbled on pieces of paper that I had in my pocket. They usually all manage to end up in the back seat of my car. When I can’t fit anything else back there, I figure it’s time to record another album.”
More to come!
Event made possible in part by funds from the NYS Council on the Arts.
You’ll also find our ever-popular Iroquois Social Dancers, traditional hoop dancers, fascinating Native American Arts Market, Native foods, Iroquois storytelling, guided trail and longhouse tours, and much more. Don’t miss new hands- on fun in the Family Discovery Tent. Kids of all ages can mold “Ganonda-man” clay totems, discover the fascinating history of the Six Nations clans through storytelling and related animal crafts, participate in a “Ganonda-man” scavenger hunt and lots more. Make sure to include us as a highlight in your Rochester festival season!
Festival hours run from 10 am – 6 pm
Adult - $12/$8 members
Seniors - $10/$6 members
Students - 18 and older $7/$3 members
Children - 3 - 17 yrs $5/$2 members
2 and under - Free
Tickets available day of event
Parking information: To come
Festival Sponsors: To come