Roasting Ears of Corn Festival
The Museum of Indian Culture in Allentown, PA, invites the public to its 36th Annual Roasting Ears of Corn Festival, Pennsylvania’s oldest Native American Indian Festival, on Saturday & Sunday August 20th and 21st, 2016. Gates open 10:00 am until 6:00 pm rain or shine. Grand Entrance is at 12:00 noon. Admission: $8 adults, $5 children 8-17 and seniors over 62, FREE for children under 8.
Live music and dance performances include “Youngblood Singers,” “White Buffalo Singers,” Aztec Fire Dancing by the Salinas Family from Mexico City Katrina Fisher—Cree hoop dancer, and American Indian dancers, singers and performers from Canada, New York, and throughout North America. This year’s Master of Ceremonies will feature George Stonefish, Delaware from Canada. Featured dancers will include head man Cody Coe (Dakota Sioux/Ute) and head woman Katy Isennock (Lakota Sioux).
Premiering at the festival this year is Native American award-winning singer / songwriter Shelly Morningsong, Northern Cheyenne, performing with Fabian Fontelle, Zuni / Omaha. She will also perform during the festival with world-renowned Native American recording artist Arvel Bird, Paiute violinist and flutist.
The festival includes activities for people of all ages, including: a children’s hand-on activity area where they can learn to make dreamcatchers, cornhusk dolls, and Navajo sand painting, have their face painted, hear American Indian stories, and help paint our festival mural; lifeskills demonstrations including Atlatl and Tomahawk throwing, flintknapping, arrow making, flutemaking, and Native Cooking demonstrations by Heart to Hearth; and artifact displays by Lee Hallman, the Museum of Indian Culture’s curator. Cree demonstrator Katrina Fisher will also bring her award-winning Plains teepee program to the festival.
Vendors will offer hand-crafted items such as handmade silver and beaded jewelry, Kachina dolls, pottery, leather clothing, soap stone carvings, Indian trade silver and other crafts. American Indian cuisine of Fry bread prepared by Joy Tone-Pah-Hote (Kiowa), buffalo burgers, buffalo stew, Indian Tacos, corn soup and more will be available.