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Event to feature Oneida, Haudenosaunee crafts, art

Posted 9/27/22

The Oneida Indian Nation, in partnership with Fort Stanwix National Monument and Rome Historical Society, will hold a fall craft fair at Fort Stanwix from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 1.

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Event to feature Oneida, Haudenosaunee crafts, art

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ROME — The Oneida Indian Nation, in partnership with Fort Stanwix National Monument and Rome Historical Society, will hold a fall craft fair at Fort Stanwix from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 1.

The family-friendly event will feature Oneida and Haudenosaunee crafters and artists, and is free to attend.

Guests can peruse various authentic, hand-made Haudenosaunee items outdoors on the fort’s lawn leading to the main entrance. One-of-a-kind jewelry, beadwork, wood carvings, textiles, ceramics, and much more will be available for sale.

The event will also feature three separate social dance presentations with Oneida and other Haudenosaunee dancers at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. The beauty and complexity of Haudenosaunee dance will be on full display and guests will be able to learn more about Oneida culture.

When the dancers are not performing, the Oneida Indian Nation will be screening its award-winning animated films, “Raccoon & Crawfish” and “My Home.” In order to make them accessible to both the visitors and staff, they will be shown inside the fort’s Gregg Barracks theatre. Announcements will be made prior to the showings and they will not to interfere with the social dance performances.

The First Allies name is a nod to the Oneida Indian Nation’s rich history as America’s First Allies, which included defending Fort Stanwix from a British siege during the Revolutionary War.

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