The Colgate Scene
January 2007

Celebrating culture

Alumna Leyosta Hall '04, a member of the Haudenosaunee Singers and Dancers who participated in Colgate's Native American Arts and Culture Festival in November, holds a fan made of feathers.
Festival highlights Native American heritage

Nearly 500 visitors enjoyed performances, artist demonstrations, craft displays, traditional Iroquois food, and more at the revival of the daylong Native American Arts and Culture Festival in the field house in November.

Among the festivalgoers were Colgate students taking the core North American Indians course, who then wrote a term paper about their observations of cultural representations. And local schoolteachers said the festival was a terrific complement to their just-completed fourth-grade curriculum that focused on the Iroquois.

"We had a record number of vendors and a variety of new performers," said Carol Ann Lorenz, senior curator of Colgate's Longyear Museum of Anthropology, who worked with the university's Native American studies program and the Native American Student Association (NASA) to organize the event, which was last held in 2003. "We also had an expanded children's corner, run by students from NASA and other groups, which was extremely popular."

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