The Six Nations Agricultural Society Indian Village at the New York State Fair is one of the true landmarks and highlights of the annual 13-day summer event at the State Fair Grounds in Syracuse, NY. This year’s Fair is running Wednesday, August 24 through Labor Day on Monday, September 5.
Located near Gates 4 and 5, the Village is open daily from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Visitors can explore exhibits displaying Haudenosaunee arts and crafts, visit vendor booths, watch social dancing and try their hand at the time-honored sport of archery.
The Soup House in the Village opens at 6 a.m. daily and serves breakfast, lunch or dinner, offering traditional favorites and daily specials.
Traditional Haudenosaunee social dances will be held daily at 11 a.m., 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. and each Nation will present an individual program at 2 p.m. on their specific day during the last week of the Fair. This year, Oneida Day will be Wednesday, August 31.
Six Nations Day, or Indian Day, is Friday, September 2 and it features the thrilling Smoke Dance competition. The 3 p.m. event draws dance competitors from far and wide.
The Indian Village is also home to a large wood carving of a Ceremonial Pipe, created by Oneida Chief William Rockwell in 1932, a birch bark canoe, a replica 16th century Longhouse, and much more. Don’t forget to visit the Indian Village history display located in the Grange building. or more information on the history of Indian Village, check out our story here.