Monday, October 4, 2010
Auburn Cultural Experience
For the third year in a row, I assisted with the Schweinfurth folk-art event in Auburn, New York, bringing the Syracuse Lost Boys of Sudan Cow Project and other initiatives out of Syracuse to their program. Yesterday, dancers from Congo, Sudan, and Somalia provided instruments, song, and performance to Central New York and combined their traditions with native American music, a Syracuse garden project, a Japanese print exhibition, a pottery artist, a lacrosse stick maker, and a display of traditional needle work from many cultures.
All of this is possible, however, because of the commitment, karma, and magic of Dr. Felicia McMahon who dedicates her life to community art, families, and traditions that otherwise might get overlooked. Her brilliance as a human being makes the Syracuse area much richer and the soul work of all the participants could obviously be felt by all in attendance. Here, I present the Dinka dancers from Syracuse. Like all the performances at the event, the spirit of our universe can be felt through the joy of their song and dance - movement that brings memories of home closer to memories of the heart.