[music plays] [music continues…] [sounds of guitar and man singing in Asian language] [guitar sounds] [man singing] [man continues to sing] man’s voice off-screen: Fort Stanwix National Monument is a recreation of a American Revolutionary Fort. We are the only fort that never surrendered during the American Revolution. Today was our second annual Cultural Arts Festival, where we have folks that are new to the Mohawk Valley coming in and sharing their culture, their experiences, their lives, with us. We had music. We had dancing. We have all kinds of different people. And lots of different languages being spoken. This land originally, was land of the Oneida Indians, part of the the Six Nations/Iroquois Confederacy. And for the centuries that they were here, they would interact with native peoples from all over the area. So, traditionally, this is a spot where you’d hear all kinds of different languages spoken. young man’s voice off-screen: It was exciting. I mean, the story background. Yeah, I came here a few times, and I see, like, many people come here to learn about American history. It’s pretty interesting. One, two, three: BOOM! man’s voice: For centuries, people of all different walks of life, and different cultures came through this area, known as the Oneida Carry. The Oneida Carry is a portage between waterways, that people used to travel from the east to the west, and vice-versa. Back in the early 16, 1700s, you had refugees from Europe, making their way through here, exploring a new life. And the folks that were here today, [that] have come to this country for one reason or another, but they’re coming through this gap, over the Oneida Carry, to go to a new life. And so I kinda feel as if I’m watching history repeat itself over and over again. It’s really exciting. woman’s voice off-screen: I think the most fun for me was, the beginning. Before everything even started. My friends and I we just, hung out, like, over there, in that space, you just danced to music We didn’t even care who was giving us stares, or anything. [giggling] Just having a great time! man’s voice off-screen: I would think that folks coming in here would be wowed but the cultural diversity. I know we use that term a lot, but it’s really important. We need to embrace cultural diversity, we need to be excited about everything that’s happening, cause that’s the wonderful part of this country. We’ve always welcomed, at least we hope we have, welcomed folks from different backgrounds, who will bring experiences that are different from the rest of ours. For the folks that performed here, well, I’m hoping that they’re seeing this as “my new home is welcoming” and that this is a great place to be, and “I wanna share my experiences there.” I’m hoping that’s what they’re saying with the folks that came to visit. This is one of our favorite events This is only the second year, but we look forward to next year.