The start of the 2019 edition of the New York State Fair is just days away, running Wednesday, August 21st through Labor Day on Monday, September 2nd. 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.
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.
Oneida vendors this year include:
Mary Cook & Rose Thompkins (Wolf Clan)
- Mary and Rose will be offering beaded earrings, beaded velvet purses and birds, porcupine quill work, leather pouches, bone chokers and bracelets, no-face dolls and wampum belts and bracelets.
Nancy Buckshot (Turtle Clan)
- Nancy will have items such as leather moccasins, leather pouches, baby moccasins, medicine bags and dream catchers.
Gail Cathers-Thomas (Turtle Clan)
- Gail will be selling many beaded specialties including lighter holders, beaded dream catchers, leather pouches and purses, flutes and beaded necklaces.
Sheri Beglen (Wolf Clan)
- Sheri will have bone chokers and necklaces, turtle purses, ribbon shirts and dresses (adult and children sizes), beaded earrings, bracelets and necklaces, dream catchers, silver jewelry, baby moccasins and leather pouches for sale.
Karen Halbritter (Wolf Clan)
- Karen will be selling hand beaded rings, bone and mother of pearl pendants on deerskin and other assorted crafts.
Heather Homer (Turtle Clan)
- Heather will have items such as white flint corn, beaded earrings, water drums, leather work and more.
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 28th.
Six Nations Day, or Indian Day, is Friday, August 30th and it features the thrilling Smoke Dance competition. The 3 p.m. event draws dance competitors from far and wide. Last year, Brooke Thomas (Wolf Clan) and Heath Hill (Wolf Clan) took home first place in their respective divisionswhile Nalani Hill (Turtle Clan) came in third in the girls ages 6-12 division. Don’t miss the Iroquois Indian Band, which performs on Indian Day as well.
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.