Tompkins Weekly Staff
ITHACA – The First Peoples Festival will return to Ithaca this weekend, celebrating indigenous cultures from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. in DeWitt Park.
The theme for this year’s festival is “Gifts of the Americas,” and will feature a traditional Haudenosaunee opening by Tadodaho Sid Hill of the Onondaga Nation. Among the activites taking place will be presentations on current events that impact indigenous peoples, including local water issues and the Standing Rock protest efforts in North Dakota.
The festival will focus on honoring the culture of indigenous peoples, aand is coordinated by the Multicultural Resource Center.
Following the opening there will be a Haudenosaunee hand drum competition featuring Valerie Parker and Jaden Parker of the Towanda Seneca; food, art and medicine demonstrations from Lisa Latosha of the Oneida Amador Benites from the Quecha and the Iroquois White Corn Project. There will be performances by Dan Hill (Heron Clan, Cayuga) on flute, Puka Inti (Quecha) on zamponas.
There will be vendors showing and selling their clothing, flutes, jewelry, beadwork and paintings. Food vendors include BiciCocina Bicycle Food Cart and ElKacike’s Caribbean Chicken.
Among the children’s activities will be Amazing Pete’s Balloon Creations, cornhusk doll making, face painting, card making and storytelling.