Native American at the Burchfield Participate in the month of May!
month of May will be intensively Native American at the Burchfield
Nature and Art Center as an important part of our heritage is
honored. The Nature and Art Center on Union Road in West Seneca will
be hosting several interesting events throughout the month.
exhibit, All That We Are
Thankful For by the
Native Roots Artists Guild will be on display Tuesday, May 5th
through Sunday, May 31st.
The public is encouraged to attend the opening reception on Friday
evening, May 8th,
from 7 to 9pm. Adrian John, artist and educator from the Seneca
Nation Hawk Clan, will give a talk at 7:30 about how their people
give thanks. He will also share how they express thankfulness every
time they gather by reciting the Haudenosaunee thanksgiving speech.
Friday, May 15 at 11am, Members of the Seneca Nation will commemorate
the 1842 Buffalo Creek Treaty at the Center’s amphitheater, weather
permitting. The ceremony will begin with a procession of dignitaries
led by an Iroquois Color Guard. The thanksgiving speech will be given
in Seneca and English and Iroquois traditional dancers will perform
during the observance. The event will be followed with a luncheon
provided by the Seneca. The public is invited to share in this event.
of the Native Roots Artists Guild will have vendor booths of their
artwork available for purchase on the park grounds from 10am to 5pm
during the Treaty Commemoration Day.
Tuesday, May 19th
from 6 to 8pm, several Native American artists will provide workshops
sharing native customs and beliefs while explaining how they create
their art. A small fee for each activity will cover materials and
instruction for making a craft to take home. The workshops include
cornhusk flowers, beaded magnetic photo frame, bling earrings with
gemstones and seed beads, and carving a medallion size soap stone.
Class size is limited. Those interested in taking a workshop are
encouraged to call the BNAC to reserve a space.
click here for full workshop details click here for flyer of May's Native American Activities
More information is
available by calling 716-677-4843.