By: Janel Spiegel
42nd Annual Roasting of the Corn Festival.
The Museum of Indian Culture
August 20-21, 2022.
2825 Fish Hatchery Road
It was a beautiful summer day on August 20th as people came out to celebrate the 42nd Annual Roasting of the Corn Festival. People from all walks of life in and out of the Lehigh Valley came to celebrate as the festival was beautiful. They held sacred ceremonies, incredible vendors selling everything from drums and handmade jewelry.
It wasn’t just a celebration, but a reminder to be grateful and appreciate Mother Nature, the planet, and what we often take for granted. People walking around barefoot and embracing all of the beauty that was offered at the festival. They had face painting, ceremonial dancing, art, pony rides, axe throwing, and food.
The food included the frybread, the fire roasted corn which was indeed fully celebrated. Indian tacos, hamburgers, hot dogs, and corn soup.. All made with love. It was a beautiful moment in time for people to take time and talk, eat some great food, and celebrate life.
Details about the event from The Facebook Event Page
“Celebrating 42 years, the Museum of Indian Culture’s annual Roasting Ears of Corn Festival will be held August 20 and 21, 2022 on the grounds of the Museum in the Little Lehigh Parkway. Gates are open to the Public 10 am – 6 pm. Grand Entrance is at 12 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 Shinnecock Indian Nation, NY, and guest drum “Black Bull Moose Singers” from the Anishnawbek Nation, Canada, Aztec Dancing by the Salinas Family from Mexico City, Katrina Fisher—Cree hoop dancer, and Iroquois Social Dancing performed by the Onyota’a:ka Dancers and Singers from upstate New York. This year’s Master of Ceremonies will feature David White Buffalo, Rosebud Sioux Tribe. Featured dancers will include head man Brandon Petahtegoose (Anishnawbek) and head woman Rozlyn Tonepahhote (Kiowa).
Premiering at the festival this year is Native American performing artist Bill Miller. Bill Miller is an award-winning Native American recording artist, performer, songwriter, activist, painter, and world-class native flute player. Over the entirety, Miller has produced over a dozen albums, received three GRAMMY® Awards, numerous Native American Music Awards & Association (NAMA) awards (including a “Lifetime Achievement” Award) and led Wisconsin’s La Crosse Symphony Orchestra. He is now touring in support of the history-making album release, Look Again To The Wind: Johnny Cash’s Bitter Tears Revisited, on which he performed the title track.
Vendors will offer a wide array of products like Sweetgrass, T-shirts, Handcrafted Zuni and Navajo silver jewelry, Wampum jewelry, Beadwork, Kachina Dolls, Pottery, Leathergoods and so much more! We will also offer cultural lifeways demonstrations like Lenape Cooking, Flute making, and Basketry. You can also try your hand at tomahawk throwing!
We didn’t forget the kids, in fact our Children’s 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….specifically frybread and Indian Tacos…yum! Additional foods for sale include Buffalo Burgers, Hamburger, Hotdogs, Corn Soup, and of course……fire roasted corn!
This year, the American Indian Collectors Association of the Northeast (IACANE) will host their Native American Artifact Show at our Roasting Ears of Corn Festival. This show 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 ages 8 – 17′ Free ages 7 and under
No Pets, service animals only
Please no canopies”