Indigenous Music & Arts Festival

July 27 & 28, 2019: 10am - 6pm

Our Indigenous Music & Arts Festival (formerly the Native American Dance & Music Festival) celebrates 2019 with the return of the Taiko Drummers, Soh Daiko, the Ganondagan debut of Freightrain, the culturally diverse, soulful band with a distinctive and energetic approach to American roots, TWO performances daily by the Allegany River Dancers in full regalia. Plus the Hodinöhsö:ni' Juried Art Show, traditional arts demonstrators, storytelling, Native American art market, indigenous food, the Family Discovery Tent, raffles, tours, guided trail walks, and much more!

Soh Daiko

This summer’s appearance of the Soh Daiko Japanese taiko drummers is an example of expanded festival offerings. Established in 1979 as the first taiko ensemble on the East Coast, Soh Daiko has a 35-year performance history that includes some of the most prestigious venues and largest festivals in New York and beyond.

Soh Daiko has increased its varied repertoire to include traditional compositions from Shinto music tradition—adapting existing taiko compositions—and original arrangements by its own members. In addition to drums, the group incorporates accessories such as bamboo flutes, brass bells, conch shells, gongs, African shekere, and Tahitian toere (wooden slit drum). Much more than percussion, Soh Daiko also features visual elements of movement and choreography, requiring physical strength, endurance, and energy that makes taiko such an exciting performance experience.


Making its Ganondagan debut are the contemporary Native music performers Robert “Freightrain” Parker and his band “Freightrain,” the culturally diverse, soulful band with a distinctive and energetic approach to American roots, and winner of the 2018 Indigenous Music Award Best Blues Album. Freightrain is led by bassist Robert Parker, the first Native American to be inducted into the Buffalo, NY Music Hall of Fame. 

Iroquois Social Dancing, Storytelling, Hodinöhsö:ni’ Art Show, & more!

Popular Iroquois Social Dancing returns, performing twice daily this year. Bill Crouse (Seneca) leads the Allegany River Dancers in full regalia.You’ll also find our fascinating Native American Arts Market, traditional arts demonstrators, Indigenous foods, Iroquois storytelling,"hands-on" fun in the Family Discovery Tent, free admission to the Seneca Art & Culture Center, guided trail walks, bark longhouse tours, and much more. Don’t miss our Hodinöhsö:ni’ Art Show, our juried art show which will be displayed in the Seneca Art & Culture Center. 

Admission Prices

Members - FREE Admission

Adult - $10 One Day Pass, $15 Two Day Pass

Seniors - $7 (1 day pass), $12 (2 day pass)

Students (18 and older)- $5 (1 day pass), $8 (2 day pass)

Children (3-17 yrs) - $5 (1 day pass), $8 (2 day pass)

Military/Veteran-$5 (1 day pass), $8 (2 day pass)

Natives with Tribal ID- $5 (1 day pass), $8 (2 day pass)

Group Rate (for groups of 10 or more)- $5 (1 day pass), $8 (2 day pass)

2 and under - Free

Family Pass (2 Adults with up to 3 children)- $25 (1 day pass)


*Volunteers for outside organizations set up at festival- pay appropriate fee above*

 Tickets available day of event 

Parking Information

Free parking and shuttle service is available from 9:45 am - 6:15 pm at Fireman's Field. Shuttle service runs every 10 -15 minutes. 

Directions to Victor Fireman's Field
Route 96 to Maple Ave/Rt 444, Fireman's Field is across from St. Patrick's Church

Festival Volunteers Needed!

Interested in volunteering for the festival?
Email: or call (585) 742-1690

ASL Interpretation

ASL Interpretation provided at the main stage, throughout performances

Sponsored by The National Technical Institute for the Deaf (NTID), a college of Rochester Institute of Technology

2019 Ganondagan's Indigenous Music & Arts Festival Schedule


10:30-11:00 AMStorytelling with Perry GroundStorytelling with Perry Ground
11:30-12 PMIroquois Social Dancing with Bill Crouse & the Allegany River Indian DancersIroquois Social Dancing with Bill Crouse & the Allegany River Indian Dancers
1:30 -2:00 PMIroquois Social Dancing with Bill Crouse & the Allegany River Indian DancersSoh Daiko Taiko Drummers
3:00-3:30 PMSoh Daiko Taiko DrummersIroquois Social Dancing with Bill Crouse & the Allegany River Indian Dancers
4:15 -5:15 PMRobert "Freightrain" ParkerRobert "Freightrain" Parker

Demonstrations (45 min) (Seneca Art & Culture Center):

  • 12:00 PM Ronnie Reitter -Cornhusk Mats (Saturday)/Cornhusk Moccasins (Sunday)
  • 2:00 PM Dan Hill — Silverwork Making
  • 4:00 PM Hayden Haynes — Moose Antler Carving (OUTSIDE)

Hodinohso:ni Juried Art Show (Seneca Art & Culture Center-Auditorium)

Saturday - 10 AM - 4:00 PM, Sunday - 10 AM - 3 PM
Artwork will be available for purchase

Activities in the Wegmans Family Discovery Tent 10:30 AM — 5 PM

  • A variety of fun children's make and take activities will take place throughout the day. Also, learn about wampum and wampum belts from Rich Hamell

Guided Trail Walks:

  • Earth is Our Mother: 11 AM
  • Trail of Peace: 11 AM, 1:30 PM, and 3 PM (meet at Tree of Peace)

The Indigenous Music & Arts Festival is made possible by generous Sponsorship


"New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature."