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First Peoples' Festival

The First Peoples’ Festival is scheduled for Saturday, September 28, 2019 at Dewitt Park from 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and will be in partnership with the Apple Harvest Festival. 

The First Peoples’ Festival honors the history and culture of first peoples of this land and all of their ancestors. It also recognizes that we all have a common bond as human beings alive today. In 2019, as our theme for the festival, we are excited to honor the International Year of Indigenous Languages. We will be showcasing the diversity of Indigenous Languages that exist in Tompkins County. As always, the First Peoples’ festival offers an opportunity to have our communities learn about indigenous issues from an indigenous perspective.  We look forward to continue our collective commitment to justice, peace, and sovereignty and we hope you will join us in honoring indigenous people, cultures, and histories.

We plan to bring together various indigenous vendors, foods, performances, cultural demonstrations, family friendly activities, and community resource booths, which will provide our community with an opportunity to experience an amazing cultural and educational event free and accessible to all. This year we are also featuring Mohawk artist and activist Dioganhdih.


Heenetiineyoo3eihiiho' (Language Healers) - Sep. 24th @ 5PM at MRC
516 W. MLK Jr. St.


11:30a - Vendors/Exhibits/Activities
12:00p - Traditional Opening
12:30p - Peformances (All Day)
1:00p - Language Presentations
2:00p - Smokedance Competition
& Featured Artist