Pictured at the New York Folklore Society’s annual fall conference are, from left, Bryan Printup, a member of the Tuscarora Nation; the Rev. James J. Maher, C.M., president of Niagara University; Ellen McHale, director of the New York Folklore Society; and Thomas van Buren, president of the New York Folklore Society's board of directors.

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. 

Cultural Migrations | September 2017

Photographs are courtesy of Hannah Davis, New York Folklore Society.