The Rev. James J. Maher, C.M., president of Niagara University, welcomed participants to the New York Folklore Society’s annual fall conference, which was held Sept. 8-9 at the Castellani Art Museum of Niagara University.
Co-organized by the New York Folklore Society, Castellani Art Museum, and regional folklorists, “Cultural Migrations: Displacement and Renewal” focused on wide-ranging themes including place making through food and language, micro-enterprise, and the importance of culturally sensitive community health services.
Bryan Printup, a member of the Tuscarora Nation, opened Saturday’s symposium with a traditional Iroquois Thanksgiving address. Christina Pope, regional director for Welcoming America, gave the keynote address, which discussed her organization’s successful model for bridging divides between immigrants and longer-term receiving communities across the country.
Photographs are courtesy of Hannah Davis, New York Folklore Society.