WA'TKWANONHWERÁ:TON FROM THE
WATERFALL UNITY ALLIANCE
Come to Skóhare for the 2023 Waterfall Unity Festival.
Last summer, we hosted our first annual Waterfall Unity Concert. With the assistance of the funds raised from the concert, we purchased what is now Iotsi’tsisons (Skywoman’s) Forever Farm. This year, we’d like to extend an invitation for you to join us at the 2023 Waterfall Unity Festival, a benefit concert and celebration. From July 28th-30th, we will be celebrating, honoring and giving gratitude for the growth of our vision. Join us as we honor the Kanien’kehá:ka rematriation and return to ancestral homelands.
To purchase tickets, visit our eventbrite. Tickets are not required to attend, though they are encouraged. All proceeds go directly toward our language immersion earth school and programs. As we continue to walk the path to sovereignty, returning to our language is crucial. Our language immersion earth school and programs will ensure that our language will be carried forward to future generations. Your presence and support will assist us in the creation of our manifestations for our people.
We look forward to seeing your beautiful spirits. Nia:wen.
See registration and vendor information below.
To register for the festival, fill out our registration google form. Those aged 12 and under are not required to register. Camping is available onsite, though spots are limited. (Tickets purchases are not required to camp, though encouraged.) Additionally, there are designated campsites available to Haudenosaunee youth! (No ticket purchase necessary. In fact, we are telling you not to purchase tickets. These are your homelands.) Information related to volunteering, camping and attendance are included in the registration form. If you have any follow-up questions, send us an email.
Lodging local to and nearby Skóhare.
Though we cannot host everyone onsite, we have provided lodging information below. See links to nearby hotels, motels and b&b's. Additionally, links to local airbnb and campsite options.
Additionally, we are calling out to food vendors, craft vendors, and small businesses to join us at the festival. Spots are limited and are confirmed on a first come, first serve basis. Onkwehonwe businesses will be prioritized. Additional information and registration can be found via our vendor registration google form. If you have any follow up questions, send us an email.
Thank you to everyone who came to the Waterfall Community Celebration! It was a magical celebration of friends, family, and supporters – full of joy, music, ceremony, healing and making new relations. Thank you to all the volunteers, artists, elders, historians and vendors who came together to create such a beautiful, authentic gathering of good souls. We will be posting videos and photos soon and there are plans for another gathering to celebrate the harvest and continue to build bridges of trust and friendship. Thank you for giving so much positive energy and momentum to this project. A waterfall of blessings on each and every person who contributed in ways large and small, and also to those who sent their prayers and well wishes from afar. Niawen, from the bottom of our hearts!
WATERFALL COMMUNITY CELEBRATION
1160 BEAR LADDER ROAD • WEST FULTON, NY • 12194
AUG 12-14, 2022
The Waterfall Community Celebration was a festival and fundraiser to buy a 60 acre Strawberry Farm in the Schoharie Valley as part of a community supported land-back effort for the Kanien’kehá:ka (Mohawk) people. We still need to raise $185K by Nov. 15 to purchase the farm, which will be the hub of a new community based on traditional life ways.
On the ANCESTRAL HOMELANDS
of the KANIEN’KEHÁ:KA PEOPLE
Community Supported Landback Effort
Seed Saving Project ~ Cannery
Strawberry, Blueberry, Raspberry & Lavender Farm
Language Camp ~ Authentic Cultural Learning
Haudenosaunee Teaching & Stories - Haudenosaunee Crafts & Products - Haudenosaunee Social Dancing Community Kitchen & Potluck - Crystal Healing Workshops
Corn Husk Doll Making - Waterfalls & River Swimming - Wild Mustang Encounters - Campfires
and much more…
PERFORMERS | TEACHERS | ARTISTS
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
THIS IS A DRUG & ALCOHOL FREE EVENT
FRI AUG 12 - SUN AUG 14
1160 Bear Ladder Road • West Fulton, NY • 12194
Camping Available (no RVs)
FRIDAY - AUG 12
12pm - community afternoon, set-up, swimming, help out;
6pm pot luck meal, singing and sharing, campfires
SATURDAY - AUGUST 13
6am - Sunrise Prayer
10am - workshops, crafts, songs, dances, teachings, swimming, mustang encounter, visit berry farm, community meals;
6pm - concert
SUNDAY - AUGUST 14
6am - Sunrise Prayer
10am - Mustang encounters, workshops, crafts, teachings, visit berry farm, community lunch, closing songs and thanksgiving
6pm - break down
SPONSORS + SUPPORT
Nia:wen to those who have generously offered food, land, goods and services for this event and for community supported land back efforts.
MUSTANG VALLEY SANCTUARY
Thank you to Mary at Mustang Valley Sanctuary for allowing us to use her land for those camping for the event. Click the image above to visit her site to learn more about the important work she is doing to ensure sanctuary and refuge for endangered wild mustangs.