By: Janel Spiegel
42nd Annual Corn Roasting Festival.
The Museum of Indian Culture
August 20-21, 2022.
2825 hatchery road
It was a beautiful summer day on August 20 as people came out to celebrate the 42nd annual Corn Roasting Festival. People from all walks of life in and out of the Lehigh Valley came out to celebrate because the festival was magnificent. They held sacred ceremonies, amazing vendors selling everything from drums to handmade jewelry.
It was not just a celebration, but a reminder to be grateful and appreciate Mother Nature, the planet and what we often take for granted. People were walking around barefoot and embracing all the beauty on offer at the festival. They had face painting, ceremonial dances, art, pony rides, ax throwing and food.
The food included the fried bread, fire roasted corn which was indeed fully celebrated. Indian tacos, burgers, hot dogs and corn soup. Everything is done with love. It was a beautiful time for people to take the time to talk, eat good food and celebrate life.
Event details on the Facebook event page
Celebrating 42 years, the Museum of Indian Culture’s annual Roasting Ears of Corn Festival will be held August 20-21, 2022 on the Museum grounds in Little Lehigh Parkway. Doors are open to the public from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The main entrance is at noon.
Bring your lawn chairs and blankets and join us for a weekend of live Native American drumming, singing and dancing. This year’s entertainment includes host drum “Youngblood Singers” from the Shinnecock Indian Nation, NY, and guest drum “Black Bull Moose Singers” from the Anishnawbek Nation, Canada, Aztec Dance from the Salinas family of Mexico, Katrina Fisher – Cree hoop dancer, and the Iroquois social dance performed by Onyota’a:ka dancers and singers from upstate New York. This year’s emcee will feature David White Buffalo of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe. Featured dancers will include Chief Brandon Petahtegoose (Anishnawbek) and female Chief Rozlyn Tonepahhote (Kiowa).
Premiering at the festival this year is Native American performing artist Bill Miller. Bill Miller is an award-winning Native American artist, performer, songwriter, activist, painter, and world-class native flautist. In total, Miller has produced more than a dozen albums, received three GRAMMY® Awards, numerous Native American Music Awards & Association (NAMA) awards (including a Lifetime Achievement Award), and led the La Crosse Symphony Orchestra of Wisconsin. He is now touring in support of the release of the landmark album, Look Again To The Wind: Johnny Cash’s Bitter Tears Revisited, on which he performed the title track.
Vendors will offer a wide range of products such as scent grass, t-shirts, handcrafted Zuni and Navajo silver jewelry, Wampum jewelry, beads, Kachina dolls, pottery, leather goods and much more! We will also offer demonstrations of cultural lifestyles like Lenape cooking, flute making and basket weaving. You can also try your hand at tomahawk throwing!
We haven’t forgotten about the kids, in fact, our kids’ area includes activities to create Native American-inspired crafts like “wampum” bracelets, Sand Art, totem poles. And just around the corner…..Pony Rides!
No Native American festival would be complete without food…especially Indian fry breads and Indian tacos…yum! Additional foods for sale include Buffalo Burgers, Hamburgers, Hot Dogs, Corn Soup, and of course, Fire Roasted Corn!
This year, the American Indian Collectors Association of the Northeast (IACANE) will host their display of Native American artifacts during our Roasting Ears of Corn Festival. This exhibit will feature thousands of artifacts from across North America. Experienced collectors will be available to answer questions and identify your artifacts.
Admission is $10 adults; $5 Seniors (62+); $5 from 8 to 17′ Free for 7 and under
No pets, service animals only
Please no canopies”