Top Native Performers at “Touch The Earth” Festival at Mexico Point Park

The 4th Native Circle Touch the Earth Festival is fast approaching. The free, family-oriented Native American Arts & Cultural event takes place May 28 & 29 at Mexico Point Park, 120 Mexico Point Park Drive West in Mexico. It once again features award-winning music, entertainment, storytelling, educational presentations, food, arts & crafts vendors, and more. Come experience these talented, inspiring Native American artists and together create unity through the celebration of our diversity.

Head-lining this year’s all-star line-up are performances from the Native American Music Award (NAMMY TM) winning CORN BRED, Central New York’s only Native American Rhythm and Blues Band, along with fellow NAMMY TM winners THE STORYTELLERS,the THUNDER HAWK SINGERS, NAMMY TM nominees OWL & DOVE andJONNY LIPFORD, as well as local favorites, GYPSY RED, and newcomer Michelle Johnson’s AMERICAN SIGN LANGUAGE DANCE INTERPRETATION.

The Talking Stick Teaching Circle features interactive educational programming engaging the young and young at heart alike. Presenters include THE PEOPLE OF THE STANDING STONE IROQUOIS SOCIAL DANCERS from the Oneida Nation, Mary Gillen’sREIKI FOR ANIMALS & PEOPLE, Nancy Kaiser’s WILD SPRING EDIBLESinteractive workshop, Laura K. Vannah’s TOTEM SPIRITS WORKSHOP, a Native American pre-contact campsite complete with wigwam presented by Richard and Leslie LaCrosse of Pulaski, FLUTE OUTSIDE THE BOX by Jonny Lipford, and a wood-turning demonstration.

Along with these diverse and talented performers and presenters, the Festival provides numerous educational children’s activities at the Children’s Activity Area which will include painting “spirit rocks”, learning traditional Native American Beadwork, and making bracelets, and participating in traditional Native American games.

Refreshments will be available onsite provided by local businesses including The Bake Shop Eatery, Barlow’s, Cam’s Pizzeria among others, and there will be numerous Arts and Crafts vendors with Native American and other handmade crafts.

Below is the full event schedule for the 2011 Native Circle Touch the Earth Festival.
Saturday, May 28

* 12:00 Welcome & Michael Aaron Gallagher

* 12:15 Thunder Hawk Singers

* 12:30 The Storytellers

* 1:00 Owl & Dove

* 1:30 Jonny Lipford

* 2:00 Thunder Hawk Singers

* 2:30 Oneida Iroquois Social Dancers

* 3:00 Owl & Dove

* 3:30 The Storytellers

* 4:00 Corn-Bred

* 5:00 Cherokee Amazing Grace by Laura K. Vannah and Michelle Johnson

Sunday, May 29

* 12:00 Welcome & Syracuse Poster Project

* 12:15 Thunder Hawk Singers

* 12:30 Jonny Lipford

* 1:00 The Storytellers

* 1:30 Owl & Dove

* 2:00 Oneida Iroquois Social Dancers

* 2:30 Gypsy Red

* 3:00 Owl & Dove

* 3:30 The Storytellers

* 4:00 Corn-Bred

* 5:00 Cherokee Amazing Grace by Laura K. Vannah and Michelle Johnson

Saturday, May 28 & Sunday, May 29 – Talking Stick Teaching Circle

* 1:30 Totem Spirits Workshop by Laura K. Vannah

* 2:00 Wild Spring Edibles by Nancy Kaiser

* 2:30 Reiki for Animals & People by Mary Gillen

* 3:00 Flute Outside the Box by Jonny Lipford

Tickets are still available for the Native Circle Kick-Off Gala which features a magical night at Mexico Point Park with food and beverages provided by The Bake Shop Eatery, a silent auction, and music. Tickets are $20 per person until May 20th. Afterwards, $25 per person.

The Native Circle Touch the Earth Festival is sponsored by Oswego County Federal Credit Union, Town of Mexico, Oswego County Department of Community Development, Tourism and Planning, All Seasons Inn, Dynegy Inc. Independence Station, Staples Inc., Greater Mexico Chamber of Commerce, Margaret Clerkin of the Pulaski Chamber, Price Chopper Supermarkets, Wegmans, Stewarts Shops, Oswego Valley Insurance Agency, Oswego County Mutual Insurance Co., Burritt Motors, Port Lodge Motel, KeyBank, Oswego Arts Collaborative, PathFinder Bank, Daddy Ed’s Restaurant, Mexicali Rose, Performance Uniforms, Grist Mill Restaurant, Yellow Rose Campground, Steve’s Body Shop, Eastern Shore Associates, The Bake Shop Eatery, Gentle Reiki for People & Animals, Send-Out-Cards, and numerous individuals.

Mexico Point Park is located at 120 Mexico Point Drive West, off Route 104B in Mexico on Lake Ontario.

For more information on all the festival events and to purchase tickets for the Kick-Off Gala visit

1 Comment

  1. IF you haven’t been, there is a lot more at the point than normal. You have the expected lake views, the wonderful evergreen encircled grounds which contain not only the ruins of the hotel (lodge?), but also my personal favorite, Casey’s Cottage (a medieval manor house).

    THEN, during the native festival, all these wonderful performers, foods, and historical additions making this a fabulous weekend event. It will by my fourth time, and has now been added to my annual activities.

    Oswego, NY

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