Arts & Awareness Come Together in Cultural Survival Bazaar
By: iO Staff, July 16, 2012
Peg Noonan Park will bring together native artists from around the world over the weekend of July 21 and 22 for a bazaar of indigenous arts and culture sponsored by the Cambridge-based nonprofit organization, Cultural Survival.
Artisans from Bolivia to Zimbabwe will offer their jewelry, clothing, crafts, and hand-woven rugs for sale at the bazaar. Proceeds will benefit Cultural Survival's non-profit work in protecting indigenous lands, supporting native artisans, and promoting fair trade policies worldwide.
Over the past eight years, bazaars held throughout New England have generated over $3 million for Cultural Survival's work in partnership with 370 indigenous peoples across the globe, says Dave Favreau, the organization’s bazaar program director.
In addition to the sale of handmade crafts, the bazaar will feature Native American storytelling by Mohawk and Cheyenne performer/artisan Leonard Four Hawks and a performance by the Wampanoag Nation Singers and Dancers, made up of members of the Mashpee and Aquinnah tribes. Wampanoag cuisine from Sly Fox's Den will be served by chef Sherry Pocknett of Mashpee.
3rd Annual Cultural Survival Bazaar:
a festival of native arts and culture
Saturday, July 21 & Sunday, July 22
10 AM to 6 PM
Peg Noonan Park, Main Street at Hamlin Avenue, Falmouth
FREE admission. Rain or shine!
Nipmuck flute maker Hawk Henries will perform both traditional Native American flute music and Aboriginal didgeridoo. Yarina, a musical troupe from Ecuador, will perform their blend of ancient Quichua rhythms with original pan flute compositions.
In addition, native artists will demonstrate their crafts: weaving original Zapotec blankets, creating wood toys and jewelry in the Shona (Zimbabwe) tradition, and creating embroidery according to the Hmong and Nipmuck birch bark methods.
A booth dedicated to Cultural Survival’s Global Response Program will also give attendees a chance to write letters and learn about the issues affecting native communities in Mexico, Bangladesh, Panama, Mexico, Kenya, Papua New Guinea, and the Philippines.
About the bazaar
The Cultural Survival Bazaar is a free festival of native arts and culture from around the world supporting indigenous artisans, performers, and a variety of projects in their communities.
The Cultural Survival Bazaar began in 1982 at Harvard University's Phillip Brooks House. Since then the program has expanded to regions throughout New England, New York and New Jersey, creating new markets for fair trade goods as well as educational information and advocacy opportunities for event attendees.