A Native American and Multicultural Festival
Sunday, June 12, 2016 – Inwood Hill Park
11am to 6pm – Rain or Shine. FREE
The 14th Annual DRUMS ALONG THE HUDSON®: A Native American and Multicultural Celebration will take place on Sunday, June 12th, 2016 in Upper Manhattan’s Inwood Hill Park from 11:00 am until 6:00 pm, rain or shine. This event is free to the public and is presented by Lotus Music & Dance in collaboration with the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation, sponsored in part by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs and the New York City Councilmember Ydanis Rodriguez. The host for the event will be Sandra Bookman, weekend anchor for WABC-TV and host of "Here and Now". The afternoon host will be Patrick Riley Pop Culture Expert/Blogger. During the day, we take time out to honor individuals and organizations for their contributions to environmental and humanitarian causes.
DRUMS ALONG THE HUDSON® features Manhattan’s only open air pow wow, which is a celebratory gathering of Native American people that will be led by Louis Mofsie and the Thunderbird American Indian Dancers with Host Drums Heyna Second Sons and Silver Cloud. This multicultural family-oriented festival combines Native American heritage with the diversity of New York City with performances of world dance and drumming traditions. Special guest groups will include Seema Iyer, Bollywood Lawyer, Young Bucks Akwesasne Mohawk Singers and Dancers, Kalpulli Huehuetlahtolli Aztec Dancers, Songhee Lee Korean Dance and Drumming and Harambee West African Dance Co. Activities also include Native American crafts, storytelling, international cuisine and for the second year, a World Market Tent. In keeping with the underlying theme of environmental awareness and education, DRUMS ALONG THE HUDSON® will continue to feature an Environmental Tent and a free bicycle valet for attendees who ride their bike to the park.
During the day, we take time out to honor individuals and organizations for their contributions to environmental and humanitarian causes. This year we will honor The American Indian College Fund, President and CEO Cheryl Crazy Bull and Co-Founder of Miss Jessie's Miko Branch.
To reach Inwood Hill Park, take the 1 train to 215th Street or the A train to 207th Street. The entrance to the park is at 218th Street and Indian Road, four blocks west of Broadway. By car, it is just north of the Dyckman Street exit off the Henry Hudson Parkway.