Native American Music and Dance Performances
featuring Bear Fox and the Allegany River Dancers
Saturday, August 20 • 3:00–5:00 p.m.
Fenimore Art Museum • Lucy B. Hamilton Amphitheater
Included with regular Museum admission.
Cooperstown, New York – Fenimore Art Museum in Cooperstown invites you to its Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) interpretive area, Otsego: A Meeting Place, for a vibrant afternoon of Native American song and dance. The family-friendly event features two performances featuring the acclaimed singer-songwriter Bear Fox (Mohawk) and the celebrated Allegany River Dancers (Seneca). The event takes place on Saturday, August 20 from 3:00–5:00 p.m. in Fenimore’s lakeside Lucy B. Hamilton Amphitheater. Lawn chairs and picnic blankets are welcome. Come early and tour the Mohawk Bark House and Seneca Log House at 2:00 p.m. The performances and tour are included with Museum admission and are suitable for all ages.
Museum Admission: Adults (20-64) $15.00; Seniors (65+) $12.50. FREE for ages 19 and under, museum members, and active military and retired career military personnel. FREE museum admission is also available for those receiving SNAP benefits (up to 4 people) with the presentation of a SNAP Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) card. Discounted two-way tickets are available if you’d also like to visit The Farmers’ Museum across the street. For more information on our “Free Admission” offerings, visit FenimoreArtMuseum.org/free.
2:00 p.m.: Tour of Mohawk Bark House and Seneca Log House with Jessica Farmer (Oneida), Cultural Coordinator from the Oneida Nation
3:00 p.m.: Performance by Bear Fox
4:00 p.m.: Performance by the Allegany River Dancers
Allegany River Dancers
Founded in 1979, the Allegany River Dancers have become one of the best-known Native dance groups in North America. Their performances often encourage audience participation and feature intertribal “Pow wow” style dances, such as a dance that uses 30 hoops to form designs found in nature.
Theresa Bear Fox is a Native American from the Mohawk Nation and grew up on a reservation called Akwesasne, located in upstate New York and Canada. She has been making music in both Mohawk and English for twenty years and feels called to share her music to uplift her community and encourage more people to learn Mohawk. She has released four CDs and also writes songs for a Mohawk women’s singing group, Kontiwennenhawi, which means “Carriers of the Words.”
About Fenimore Art Museum
Fenimore Art Museum, located on the shores of Otsego Lake—James Fenimore Cooper’s “Glimmerglass”—in historic Cooperstown, New York, features a wide-ranging collection of American art including folk art; important American 18th- and 19th-century landscape, genre, and portrait paintings; more than 125,000 historic photographs representing the technical developments made in photography and providing extensive visual documentation of the region’s unique history; and the renowned Eugene and Clare Thaw Collection of American Indian Art comprised of nearly 900 art objects representative of a broad geographic range of North American Indian cultures, from the Northwest Coast, Eastern Woodlands, Plains, Southwest, Great Lakes, and Prairie regions. Visit FenimoreArt.org.