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Philipsburg Manor to Host Hudson Valley’s Native American Heritage

September 1, 2006

GreenCornRedHawkDancers.jpgThe Philipsburg Manor community will celebrate the Hudson River area’s Native American heritage during a three-day long festival on Labor Day weekend. The Green Corn Festival, taking place from 10-5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 2, 2006, through Monday, Sept. 4, 2006, honors the original inhabitants of the Hudson Valley.

The festival features folk tales, songs, storytelling, a participatory presentation of traditional Native American dance, plus open-hearth cooking demonstrations, games, live music, and hands-on craft activities for children.

Calling the event both entertaining and educational, Philipsburg Manor Site Director Thom Thacker said, “Green Corn helps visitors to Philipsburg Manor learn about the influence of Native Americans on the development of colonial New York.”

Green Corn festivals, harvest celebrations held by many eastern tribes for generations, typically during the full moon, marked a time to give thanks, to name children born since the mid-winter festival, and to sing chants, dance, and enjoy a great feast.

Special features at Philipsburg Manor’s celebration include music and dance performers Leaf Arrow and storyteller Joe Cross. Performances are three times daily at 12:15, 2, and 3:45.

The Buffalo Creek Dancers, who specialize in Iroquois music, dance, and stories, and who have performed at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of the American Indian, will perform daily at 11:30, 1:15, and 3.

Susan McLellan Plaisted will demonstrate Native American cooking and medicine making, and Arthur Kermss will demonstrate wampum-making and treenware (wooden bowls and utensils). Joe Taras will make bows and arrows, and Andrea and Richard Chrisjohn will demonstrate Native American crafts.

Admission to Philipsburg Manor is $10 for adults; $9 for seniors; $6 for children 5-17; and free for children under 5 and Historic Hudson Valley members. Philipsburg Manor is at 381 North Broadway (Route 9) in Sleepy Hollow. For information: 914-631-3992,

Historic Hudson Valley is a network of six historic sites in Sleepy Hollow Country and the Great Estates region; Washington Irving’s Sunnyside; Kykuit, the Rockefeller estate, a historic site of the National Trust; Philipsburg Manor; the Union Church of Pocantico Hills; Van Cortlandt Manor; and Montgomery Place Historic Estate.


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