Native American and Pioneer Heritage Day to be held at Letchworth State Park
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Western New York’s rich history from both the Native American and pioneer perspective will be celebrated from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 16 at Letchworth State Park.
The Native American and Pioneer Heritage Day’s festivities will be held at Trailside Lodge, near the park’s Castile entrance. Admission to the show is included with the $10 per car park entrance fee.
Highlights of the day include a performance by Gretchen Sepik portraying “The White Woman of the Genesee” Mary Jemison, whose remarkable story is one encompassing both the pioneer and Native American culture; and Native American storyteller Perry Ground, Native American Flutes by Ken Wallace, and the Allegany River Indian Dancers, who will showcase traditional songs and dances of the Iroquois.
Throughout the day there will be Atl-Atl (spear throwing stick) competitions for all ages and pioneer walks led by historian Tom Cook.
Trailside will also be the site of a craft show and sale featuring Native American and pioneer crafts. Some of the crafts presented this year include, flintknapping – the making of flaked or chipped stone tools, basketmaking, open hearth cooking, quill art, soapstone carving, and much more.
Exhibits in the William Pryor Letchworth Museum, which will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., also feature Native American Culture and the pioneer story of the development of Letchworth State Park and the surrounding area.
For more information call (585) 493-3600.