SALAMANCA - The Native Roots Artists Guild is presenting the rich culture for which Native American Artists are known by displaying traditional and contemporary arts and crafts produced by Native American artists. Thos attending can view interpretations of ancient potters, hand carvings, paintings, beadwork designs or view the symbolism captured from traditional native stories and legends.
"For the survival of the Native American culture, it is important to focus on our identity and retain our culture. Being a part of the Native Roots Artist Guild helps us to keep it alive. Having the opportunity to share our culture at the Falling Leaves Festival gives us the opportunity to promote ourselves as talented artists as well as educate the public about our unique culture," said Carson Waterman, an artist and member of the Native Roots Artist Guild.
Native Artists continue to carry on their traditions and beliefs and are eager to share their heritage with the Greater Western New York and surrounding communities. The Native Roots Artists Guild's mission is to maintain a support network for Native Haudenosaunee artists, perpetuate native culture, and promote community awareness and appreciation of native arts. The guild ensures the beauty, quality, and collectability of authentic native artisan made products that make each piece of artwork a unique reflection of Native American heritage.
Carson Waterman, talented artist and member of the Native Roots Artist Guild working on his most recent painting. This painting focuses on the symbolism of the Six Nations of the Iroquois also called the Haudenosaunee.
"We are proud to have the Native Roots Artist Guild at this year's Falling Leaves Festival. In addition to the Guild, there will be Seneca story tellers, dancers, cultural demonstrations, Seneca food and much more. Everyone who comes out will certainly enjoy their experience," said Jenny Ingrao, Member Services and Events Manager for the Seneca Salamanca Chamber of Commerce. "We are in a community full of rich culture and heritage and we can't wait to share its hidden treasures."
The Native Roots Artist Guild will be at the 34th Annual Falling Leaves Festival in Salamanca, Sept. 30 to Oct. 2 as they welcome in the autumn and the abundant harvest the season brings. The natural beauty of the changing of season is upon us and we welcome you to our area to share in the local foods, and traditional handmade arts and crafts that these artists have available for purchase as well as demonstrations of their skill and talents.
For more information on the 34th Annual Falling Leaves Festival, contact the Seneca Salamanca Chamber of Commerce at 716-945-2034 or visit www.SalamancaChamber.org.