The Indian Village has been a longstanding tradition at the New York State Fair, and this year they’ve expanded their turtle-shaped stage to heed COVID-19 guidelines. The village will feature two Native American dance performances instead of their traditional three.
While some things have changed, Norm Jimerson, an Onondaga who is superintendent of the New York State Fair’s Indian Village, says that the tradition of families gathering together is longer and stronger than ever.
“We all come here to get together to share our knowledge of our dances, our culture, our foods and it’s all about agriculture,” he says.
The Indian Village features historic artifacts that are rich in history and were vital to the Native Americans and their daily lives. They also offer live performances, delicious foods and crafts too. Ultimately though, the tradition of gathering as united nations is what matters most, Norm says.
“This is the longest gathering in the United State of Native Americans now being 18 days,” he adds. “We gather and our clans and our nations are all intertwined, we are brothers so it’s a family gathering in our own culture.”
The Iroquois Indian Village is located on the north side of the State Fairgrounds. For a complete list of daily events visit NYSFair.NY.Gov.