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Philipsburg Manor Festival Honors Native Americans

SLEEPY HOLLOW, N.Y. – Philipsburg Manor will celebrate Native American history this Labor Day with music, storytelling and dance performances at the annual Green Corn Festival.

The festival dates back to colonial New York, where Native Americans gave thanks, feasted and named children born in mid-winter. It was typically held when the corn was ready to harvest during the full moon, Historic Hudson Valley said.

“At Green Corn, we reach back to the time before Philipsburg Manor was born in the late 1600s to celebrate and help educate visitors about the area’s original inhabitants,” said Philipsburg Manor Site Director Thom Thacker. “The compelling performers we have lined up make this a fun, lively and thought-provoking experience for all ages.”

The Green Corn Festival will run from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sept. 1-3 at Philipsburg Manor, a restored manor house from the 1600s run by the nonprofit Historic Hudson Valley.

Performers include Kenneth Little Hawk, a musician and storyteller who has performed at the White House, Lincoln Center and Kennedy Center. Little Hawk performs tales of Native American culture and history.

The Red Hawk Dancers will also perform and showcase cultural traditions. The dancers have performed at the Apollo Theatre, Dance Theater of Harlem and the Woodstock festivals.

The Labor Day weekend festival will include games, crafts, food and cooking demonstrations. Kids will be able to make corn-husk dolls while exhibitors demonstrate how to make wampum, Native American cooking and medicine-making.

Admission is $14 for adults, $12 for seniors, $8 for children ages 3-17 and free for children younger than 3 years old. Tickets can be purchased at hudsonvalley.org .

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