The 39th Annual Roasting Ears of Corn Festival, Pennsylvania’s oldest Native American Indian Festival will be taking place on Saturday & Sunday August 17th and 18th, 2019 at the Museum of Indian Culture in Allentown, PA.  WGOLV is the media sponsor once again for this wonderful festival.  Bring your lawn chairs and blankets and enjoy a weekend of festivities which include live Native American drumming, singing and dancing.

 

Photos of the Roasting Ears of Corn Festival by Shannon Stanton

 

The festival makes a great event for the entire family.  It includes activities for those of all ages.  It includes a children’s hand-on activity area where they can learn to make Native American style crafts such as dreamcatchers, cornhusk dolls, and Navajo sand painting. They can also help paint the Roasting Ears of Corn Festival mural.  Other activities include face painting, pony rides, lifeskills demonstrations including Atlatl and Tomahawk throwing, flintknapping, primitive fire making, flutemaking and Native Cooking demonstrations by Heart to Hearth.  There will also be artifact displays by the Indian Artifact Collectors Association of the Northeast; and Cree demonstrator Katrina Fisher will present her award-winning Plains teepee program.

 

Each year there are beautiful hand-crafted items such as handmade Navajo and Zuni silver jewelry, Iroquois wampum jewelry and bead work, Kachina dolls, pottery, leather clothing, moccasins and handbags, hand drums, natural soaps, Morning Star Quilts, dreamcatchers and other crafts. American Indian cuisine of Frybread, buffalo burgers, buffalo stew, Indian Tacos, blueberry wajopi, corn soup and more will be available.

 

This year’s entertainment includes host drum “Youngblood Singers” from Shinnecock Indian Nation, NY, and guest drum “Black Bull Moose Singers” from the Anishnawbek Nation, Canada, Aztec Dancing by the Salinas Family from Mexico City, Katrina Fisher—Cree hoop dancer, and Iroquois Social Dancing performed by the Onyota’a:ka Dancers and Singers from upstate New York. This year’s Master of Ceremonies will feature David White Buffalo, Rosebud Sioux Tribe. Featured dancers will include head man Garnet O’Keese (Ojibway, Canada) and head woman Kim Wheatley (Ojibway, Canada).

 

 

Photos of the Roasting Ears of Corn Festival by Shannon Stanton

Premiering at the festival this year is Native American performing artist Bill Miller. Bill Miller is an award-winning Native American recording artist, performer, songwriter, activist, painter, and world-class native flute player. Over the entirety, Miller has produced over a dozen albums, received three GRAMMY® Awards, numerous Native American Music Awards & Association (NAMA) awards (including a “Lifetime Achievement” Award) and led Wisconsin’s La Crosse Symphony Orchestra. He is now touring in support of the history-making album release, Look Again to the Wind: Johnny Cash’s Bitter Tears Revisited, on which he performed the title track.

 

The festival times are from 10:00 am until 6:00 pm each day with the Grand entrance taking place at 12:00 pm.

Festival admission is $10 for adults, $5 for seniors over age 62 and children 8-17. Children under eight are FREE.

The festival is located at the Museum of Indian Culture 2825 Fish Hatchery Road  Allentown, Pa 18103 and takes place rain or shine.

For more information contact  610-797-2121 or email: info@museumofindianculture.org

The Museum of Indian Culture is a non-profit, member supported organization dedicated to presenting, preserving, and perpetuating the history and cultural heritage of the Northeast Woodland Indians and other American Indian Tribes