PAINTED POST, N.Y. (WENY) -- People could learn more about Native American culture this weekend at the 4th Annual Native Nations Festival.   

Dozens of festival goers came to the Y at Watson Woods to take-part in the 2022 celebration. Vendors sold a variety of foods, in addition to hand-crafted blankets, sweatshirts, wooden artifacts, and dream catchers, one of the most widespread symbols associated with Native American culture. People could also join in the fun by taking-part in some Aztec dancing.  

“Here in this area, it is one of the few events,” Perry Ground, a member of the Onondaga Nation, said.  “It's wonderful to share our Haudenosaunee culture right here on our Haudenosaunee homeland. I'm really happy to be part of the festival this year.”  

The event also served as an interactive Pow Wow, aimed to celebrate and educate people about Native American culture by honoring the traditions of their ancestors. Festival Co-Founder Enolia Foti says the festival is an inclusive space for people to share cultural differences.  

“We wanted to create a space of peace; a place where people felt where people could share themselves, expand their hearts, and feel they're in a safe space, not only learn but share what they bring to the table.”  

The 5th Annual Native Nations Festival plans on returning to Painted Post in 2023.