The Twelfth Annual DRUMS ALONG THE HUDSON®:
A NATIVE AMERICAN FESTIVAL will take place on
Sunday, June 1st, 2014 in Upper Manhattan‘s Inwood
Hill Park from 11:00 am until 6:00 pm, rain or shine.
This event 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 Council.
The host for the event will be Sandra Bookman,
weekend anchor for WABC-TV and host of "Here and
Now". Afternoon co-hosts will be Mara Schiavocampo,
ABC News Correspondent for Good Morning America and ABC
World News and Patrick Riley, Pop Culture
blogger "The Life of Riley".
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 featuring the Saung
Budaya Indonesian Dance Group, Lei Pasifika: Journey to
Polynesia, Kotchegna African Dance Company and
more. Activities also include Native American crafts,
storytelling, and international cuisine. In keeping with
the underlying theme of environmental awareness and education,
DRUMS ALONG THE HUDSON® will continue
to feature an Environmental tent, which will include appearences
by Captian Planet, courtesy of the Captian Planet Foundation,
and a free bicycle valet for attendees who ride their
bike to the park.
During the day, we take time to honor individuals and
organizations for their contributions to environmental
and humanitarian causes. This year's honoree is President
and Founder of the American Indian Law Alliance Tonya
Gonnella Frichner, Esq. (Onondaga). We will also
plant a Tree of Peace in a ceremony, officiated Mohawk
Elder Tom Porter, which pays tribute to the memory
of community leaders we have lost in the previous year.