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."