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Aug. 6, 2004

Native American Culture Celebrated Aug. 14 in Fulton

FULTON -- Traditional Native American songs and dances, arts and crafts, and noted Native American educators James Bruchac and Roger Perkins will be featured at the Native American Culture Celebration in Fulton's Recreation Park Saturday, Aug. 14 from 3 until 8 p.m.

The event is sponsored by Friends of History in Fulton.

"Fulton, New York was a prime fishing and hunting grounds for the Onondagas," said Elma Smith of The Friends of History in Fulton. "Many members of the Onondaga nation are participating in the celebration."

James Bruchac can be seen on the PBS special Adirondack Storytellers. He was raised in the Adirondack foothills town of Greenfield Center and is a member of the Abenaki Nation. Jim has written many books including "The National Geographic Survival Guide for Kids." He is a member and former president of the World Craft Circle for Native writers and storytellers as well as a member of the Native Writers Circle of the Americas. He's a graduate of the Tracking Project's "Nurturing The Roots Community Mentor Program" that brings together trackers, environmental educators and indigenous faith keepers from Native Americans to Aboriginal Australians. Jim has offered programs for hundreds of schools across the United States. Bruchac will perform at 4 and 7 p.m. Saturday.

Roger Perkins shares accurate information on Iroquois culture, art, philosophy, politics, and history with people of all ages. "I see myself as educator and tradition keeper," Perkins said. During the celebration in Fulton, Perkins will present an audience-interactive presentation of Iroquois social songs and dances that date back hundreds and even thousands of years. Perkins will perform at 3 and 6 p.m. Saturday.

Demonstrations and exhibits throughout the day include a sculptor, herbal remedies, feathers and fans, beaded and wooden crafts, block printing and paintings. Native American John Sardella and his wife Cherie Gypsy Red will provide music. The Cody Volunteer Fire Department will sponsor a chicken barbecue.

There will be free admission to the Native American celebration. The History in the Park Series is sponsored by The Friends of History in Fulton, and is made possible in part with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts Decentralization Program administered locally by Arts and Culture for Oswego County.

For more information on the Native American Culture Celebration contact The Friends of History in Fulton at 598-4616.

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