The twenty-sixth anniversary of the Native American Dance & Music Festival will be celebrated this weekend, July 22 and 23, at the Ganondagan State Historic Site in Victor.
One of the featured performers Kevin Locke of the Standing Rock Lakota Nation played his flute and discussed the event Friday during News 8 at Noon.
“I do music and dance and storytelling, but I do it as way of – I would say – just to create a positive awareness, not only of indigenous North American culture but I like to accentuate universal themes like the nobility of the human spirit because in native culture throughout North America we use music and dance more than just entertainment,” said Locke. “It’s a way of creating unity, creating vision, creating consensus. It’s also a way of worship as well.”
Locke has written a children’s book “Dawn Light, A Lakota Story.” That will be available at the Festival along with his 2009 Native American Music Awards Record of the Year and CD “Earth Gift.”
Native American culture does not exist in the past. The Festival shows it’s alive and thriving in today’s world. “I that the people here, the Haudenosaunee people, are well known in leading the way in terms of, not just stabilizing, but revitalizing their traditional culture,” Locke said. “In fact, out where I live at Standing Rock, when they wanted to a language nest and language revitalization programs going, a delegation came out here to observe and to study the progress and the foundation that the people had really established here going back several decades, so they’re ahead of the curve here.”
The Native American Dance & Music Festival goes from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the Ganondagan State Historic Site along Route 444 in Victor.
General admission is $12. There are discounts for seniors and students. Children 3-17 are $5, 2 and under free.
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