Lackawanna Heritage Valley and the Scranton Municipal Recreation Authority will host dual Native American celebrations this weekend, honoring the history and heritage of Indigenous Peoples within Lackawanna County. These family-friendly events are intended to reconnect the public to the deep roots of Native American throughout the Lackawanna Valley and our nation.
Nay Aug Park
Families are invited to the JAD Picnic area of Scranton’s Nay Aug Park on Saturday, October 15, from 11 a.m. through 3 p.m. The Allegany River Seneca Dancers will perform traditional Native American singing and dancing and Storyteller Perry Ground will bring the stories of traditional Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) legends to life before families are invited to participate in a ceremonial planting of the “White Pine of Peace.”
Lackawanna River Heritage Trail | Six Nations Amphitheatre
The ceremonies continue at the Elm Street Trailhead in Scranton on Sunday, October 16, beginning at 11:00am, for an Interpretive Walk along a section of the Lackawanna River Heritage Trail where the Oquaga trail, a Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) diplomacy trail leading to Syracuse, once passed through the Lackawanna Heritage Valley.
Along the walk, those in attendance will pass by interpretive signage, carvings and tributes to Native American culture and the six Iroquois Nations along this two-mile trail corridor, between Elm Street in Scranton and the Borough of Taylor, before arriving at “Ohn Te Oak”, the site of a former Native American Fishing Village, and the Six Nations Amphitheatre. Native American Ceremonies of Peace will continue at the Six Nations Amphitheatre, featuring traditional storytelling, Native American singing and dancing, and a second ceremonial planting of the White Pine of Peace.
𝐓𝐚𝐤𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐩𝐚𝐫𝐭 𝐢𝐧 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐰𝐞𝐞𝐤𝐞𝐧𝐝 𝐜𝐞𝐫𝐞𝐦𝐨𝐧𝐢𝐞𝐬 𝐰𝐢𝐥𝐥 𝐛𝐞:
Turtle Clan Member of the Onondaga Nation and Storyteller with more than 25 years of experience in the oral tradition.
Seneca Traditional Longhouse Leader and descendant of Chief Cornplanter
PA Advisor to The Seneca Nation’s Sacred Site Committee
Multi-generational troupe from Western NY sharing traditional Seneca and Intertribal songs and oral traditions
𝐓𝐇𝐄 𝐏𝐔𝐁𝐋𝐈𝐂 𝐈𝐒 𝐈𝐍𝐕𝐈𝐓𝐄𝐃 𝐓𝐎 𝐉𝐎𝐈𝐍 𝐈𝐍 𝐀𝐋𝐋 𝐀𝐒𝐏𝐄𝐂𝐓𝐒 𝐎𝐅 𝐓𝐇𝐄𝐒𝐄 𝐓𝐖𝐎 𝐃𝐀𝐘𝐒 𝐎𝐅 𝐂𝐄𝐑𝐄𝐌𝐎𝐍𝐈𝐄𝐒:
Families are invited to the JAD Picnic area of Scranton’s Nay Aug Park on Saturday, October 15, from 11 a.m. through 3 p.m.
11:00am – Native American Singing and Dancing by the Allegany River Seneca Dancers
12:00pm – Native American Storytelling by Onondaga Storyteller Perry Ground
1:00pm – Tree of Peace Planting Ceremony by Billy Crouse
2:00pm – Native American Storytelling by Onondaga Storyteller Perry Ground
2:30pm – Native American Singing and Dancing by the Allegany River Seneca Dancers
The ceremonies continue at the Elm Street Trailhead in Scranton on Sunday, October 16, beginning at 11:00am.
11:00am – Interpretive Walk begins at the Elm Street Trailhead in Scranton
12:00pm – 1:00pm – Native American Ceremonies of Peace at the Six Nations Amphitheatre; Traditional Storytelling by Onondaga Storyteller Perry Ground; Native American Singing & Dancing by Allegany River Seneca Dancers; and a Tree of Peace Planting Ceremony by Bill Crouse