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gary-farmerThis weekend is Friends of Ganondagan’s 27th Annual Native American Dance & Music Festival.

Featured this year is actor and singer Gary Farmer and his blues band The Troublemakers. Established in Santa Fe, N.M., in 2005, the band blends blues with rock, jazz, reggae and soul. In addition to music, Farmer has more than 100 film and television appearances to boot.

In addition to Farmer and his band, there will be performances of social dances, traditional artisan demonstrators, Iroquois storytelling, art vendors and tours of the bark longhouse replica and the Seneca Art & Culture Center.

Last year marked the premier of the Hodinohso:ni’ Art Show, and its success inspired the show to continue for a second year in a row.

Attendees can also find the Family Discovery Tent at this year’s festival. The tent will be full of family-friendly events, such as learning about and creating a Tree of Peace, learning about wolves and making a paper wolf, exploring the relationship between Haudenosaunee women and the suffragettes and making a totem pole.

The festival runs from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday at Sunday at the Ganondagan State Historic Site. ganondagan.org

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