Custer Institute and the Long Island Chapter of the New York State Archaeological Association at the Southold Indian Museum will hold an evening of traditional indigenous music, archeoastronomy, & poetry of the first Native American poet laureate under the stars on Saturday, June 11 at 8 p.m. 

The evening, to be held at Custer Institute at 1115 Main Bayview Road in Southold, and across the street at the Indian Museum, will begin at 8 p.m. at the museum with an exhibit featuring Native American archaeoastronomy. 

At 9 p.m., the observatory will host a concert with music by Sicanni Purizaca, who performs traditional Andean flute music that highlights the culture of people indigenous to the Americas and music that originated in the Andes Mountains of Peru, along with readings of excerpts from the poetry collection “An American Sunrise” by performance company Teatro Yerbabruja.

Following the presentation, Observatory staff will provide guided tours of the night sky (weather permitting) through the many telescopes on site, including the telescope in the Institute’s historic observation dome.

Tickets are $20 for adults and $15 for Observatory & Museum Members. Children under 16 are free. The rain date is June 25 at 8 p.m. Organizers are asking attendees to bring a blanket or chair to enjoy the outdoor presentation.

Beth Young
Beth Young is an award-winning local journalist who has been covering the East End since the 1990s. She began her career at the Sag Harbor Express and, after receiving her Masters from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, has reported for the Southampton Press, the East Hampton Press and the Times/Review Media Group. She founded the East End Beacon website in 2013, and a print edition in 2017. Beth was born and raised on the North Fork. In her spare time, she tinkers with bicycles, tries not to drown in the Peconic Bay and hopes to grow the perfect tomato. You can send her a message at

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