Ganondagan Indigenous Music & Arts Festival. July 22 & 23, 2023. Image of Moontee Sinquah hoop dancing, Ronnie Reitter storytelling, 2 Haudenosaunee social dancers in regalia, Tonia Galban storytelling, and December Wind at the end

Indigenous Music & Arts Festival

July 22 & 23, 2022: 10 am - 5 pm

Ganondagan's Indigenous Music & Arts Festival takes place Saturday and Sunday, July 22 - 23, 2023. The annual event showcases Haudenosaunee and Indigenous cultures through dance, music, storytelling, traditional craft demonstrations, a Native American Arts Market, children's activities, raffles, guided trail walks, gallery tours, Indigenous food, and more. 

This year's festival features Native folk-rock band, December Wind (Mohawk), hoop dance champions and performers, the Sinquah Family Dance Troupe (Hopi/Tewa/Choctaw), americana singer-songwriter, Chris Bethmann (Mohawk), storytellers Ronnie Reitter (Seneca) & Tonia Galban (Mohawk), and Haudenosaunee social dancers, Indigenous Spirit DancersArtist demonstrations will include moccasin making with Samantha Jacobs (Seneca), leatherwork with Cliff Redeye (Seneca), and finger weaving with Marilyn Issacs (Tuscarora).

This year's event is free but if you are able, please consider donating $5/ person, $10/family to help support the festival.

Nya:wëh (Thank you)!


Image of a cartoon water bottle with text: Bring your own water bottle! Hydration stations available throughout the festival

Festival ATM

ATM Icon

ATM is located in SACC Lobby

December Wind promo poster of band members faces with a nebula behind them

December Wind

December Wind is a Native folk-rock band led by two-time Native American Music Award winning artist, Atsiaktonkie (Mohawk) accompanied by bass guitarist, Terry Terrance (Mohawk). Based out of Massena, NY they play acoustic folk-rock infused with their Akwesasne/Kanienkehaka (Mohawk) culture. Their songs are filled with stories of love, hope, the struggles of native peoples and the beauty of their heritage. “As an Indigenous person, I grab on tightly to our beautiful culture and let it shine out of the songs.” - Atsiaktonkie (Mohawk)

Shelley Morningsong and Fabian Fontenelle wearing traditional regalia

Sinquah Family Dance Troupe

Performing Sunday only, the Sinquah Family Dance Troupe are Hopi/Tewa/Choctaw nations, from the Hopi villages located in northern Arizona. The troupe consists of Moontee Sinquah and his sons, Sampson and Scott, all of whom are deeply rooted in the Hopi culture and tradition. These talented family members have presented at the World Championship Hoop Dance Contest, throughout Canada, Croatia and at the Winter Olympics in Atlanta. The dancers believe that to entertain is to educate and hoop dancing is a way of celebrating the traditions and passing on the torch to youth.

Chris Bethmann sitting on a rock in front of a brick wall wearing a button up shirt and a blazer

Chris Bethmann

Performing Saturday only, Chris Bethmann (Mohawk) is a americana singer-songwriter from Rochester, NY. A trained guitarist, Bethmann channels influences like Jason Isbell and Eric Church, developing his own folk/rock sound. Whether it’s playing solo acoustic or with a full band, Bethmann’s style revolves around his adept ability to create stories, putting original twists on cliched themes and painting vivid pictures with poignant and realistic imagery. With one release under his belt (Naked Bourbon, 2018, self-released), Bethmann is barely scratching the surface of his catalog of original compositions.

Indigenous Spirit Dancer at Baseball stadium

Tonia Loran Galban

Haudenosaunee Social Dancing, Storytelling & more!

Popular Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) Social Dancing returns, performing twice daily this year will be the Indigenous Spirit Dancers in full regalia. You’ll also find our fascinating Native American Arts Market, traditional arts demonstrators, Indigenous foods, Haudenosaunee storytelling as told by Ronnie Reitter (Seneca) and Tonia Loran Galban (Mohawk),"hands-on" fun in the Wegmans Family Discovery Tent, free admission to the Seneca Art & Culture Center, guided trail walks, bark longhouse tours, and much more. 

Haudenosaunee dancer performing in traditional regalia

Ronnie Reitter, wearing a ribbon dress and holding a corn husk doll, tells a story onstage


11:00 - 11:30 AMStorytelling with Tonia Loran Galban11:00 - 11:30 AMStorytelling with Ronnie Reitter
12:30-1:15 PMHaudenosaunee Social Dancing with Indigenous Spirit Dancers12:30 - 1:15 PMHaudenosaunee Social Dancing with Indigenous Spirit Dancers
2:00 - 2:45 PMMusic by Chris Bethmann2:00 - 3:00 PMMusic by December Wind
3:30 - 4:30 PMMusic by December Wind4:00 PMHoop Dance with Sinquah Family Dance Troupe


2023 Special- FREE Admission for ALL
"This year, we are offering free admission to the Indigenous Music & Arts festival as a way to do something good for the community, promote unity, and encourage people to get to know about Haudenosaunee and Indigenous cultures.
Program Director, Jeanette Jemison (Mohawk).
Please consider donating $5/ person, $10/family 

ASL Interpretation

ASL Interpretation provided at the main stage, throughout performances

Sponsored by The National Technical Institute for the Deaf (NTID), a college of Rochester Institute of Technology

Festival Parking Information

Free parking and shuttle service is available from 9:45 am - 6:15 pm at Fireman's Field. Shuttle service runs every 10 -15 minutes. The shuttle will drop you off at the Seneca Art & Culture Center front entrance.

Parking at the Seneca Art & Culture Center parking lot is for Accessible Parking with Permit only. There will be a golf cart shuttle driving back and forth from this lot and the Seneca Art & Culture Center front entrance for those who cannot go up the sloped walking path to the SACC. Preferred parking at Ganondagan's multipurpose field will be available for current Friends of Ganondagan Members with their membership card (must have membership card with you). 

Directions to Victor Fireman's Field
Coming from Route 96 (Main St) turn onto Maple Ave/Rt 444, Fireman's Field is on the right across from St. Patrick's Church (turning after the Pedestrian Crossing sign)

Grounds Map

Ganondagan Indigenous Music & Arts Festival Grounds Map for 2023

Fireman's Field


Festival Merchandise

Check out the 2023 design, Messenger Bird by Peter Jemison (Seneca, Heron Clan) which will be screen printed onsite at this year's festival! Bring your own white or light colored 100% cotton shirt to be screen printed. Don't have a shirt? Check out your local thrift shop!Sneak peak at the 2023 design Messenger Bird by Peter Jemison (Seneca, Heron Clan) which will be screen printed onsite at this year's festival! Bring your own white or light colored 100% cotton shirt to be screen printed. Don't have a shirt? Check out your local thrift shop!

Colorful cartoon hands with hearts in palms, reaching up together. Text reads: Volunteers Needed!

Festival Volunteers Needed!

Our Indigenous Music and Arts Festival is not possible without volunteers like you!

If you have the time, please sign up to volunteer. Positions needed include greeters, parking attendants, raffle attendants, hospitality, staffing for family activities in the Family Discovery Tent, volunteer check-in, recycling sorters, and flexible people able to act as extra hands and pitch in wherever needed. Sign-up today!

For questions regarding volunteering please contact:

The Indigenous Music & Arts Festival is made possible by generous Sponsorship


"New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Kathy Hochul and the New York State Legislature."