Lakota Native American, Rueben Fasthorse of Standing Rock, demonstrates a buffalo dance in the encampment area. Photo: Angela Buccieri O'Donnell
Old Crossing Arts Festival and
Chautauqua by AFRAN
A four-day celebration of dance, music, food,
and art in Huot, Minnesota, at the historic meeting place at
Old Crossing and Treaty Park, near Red Lake Falls in
northwestern Minnesota. The site was used during the era of
western exploration by Indian and French traders. The Festival
and Chautauqua is presented by AFRAN (Association of the
French of the North), whose mission in the Red River Valley of
the North is to create an understanding of the world's French
heritage through the arts and humanities. AFRAN sponsors the
annual Chautauqua and French Festival to encourage and
introduce a historic and multicultural approach to the arts and
humanities, while interpreting the role French presence has
placed in the Middle West, and, in particular, northwestern
Activities include music and dance, a French Festival
Bake-Off, Encampments led by humanities scholars, strolling
minstrels, art show, the sale of souvenirs and craft items, and
workshops in story-telling, writing, landscape painting, ceramics,
puppetry, beadwork, and flute-making.
Originally submitted by: Collin C. Peterson, Representative (7th District).
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