Drums Along the Hudson: A Native American and Multicultural Festival

A Retrospective of Past Drums Along the Hudson Highlights

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The 18th Annual DRUMS ALONG THE HUDSON®: A Native American Festival and Multicultural Celebration - a Retrospective of the past 18 years can be viewed through September 2020 at www.lotusmusicanddance.org. 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. This year we will honor Joy Hario, the first Native American Poet Laureate of the year.

DRUMS ALONG THE HUDSON ® features an open air pow wow in Manhattan, 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 year we will feature a retrospective of the past eighteen years, as well as featuring Soles of Duende (Kathak, Tap and Flamenco Collaboration), three women soloist who have developed a cross cultural percussive trio. The retrospective will include native performers from past events including Kasibahagua Taino Singers and Drummers, the Seneca Nation Alleghany River Singers and Dancers, the Onodaga Haudenosauee Singers and Dancers, the Akwesasne Mohawk Singers and Dancers, St. David's Island Natives from Bermuda, the Maori Singers and Dancers of New Zealand, and Kapulli Huehuethlatolli Aztec Dancers. Special guest performers on stage include Saung Budaya West Sumatran Indonesia Dance, Songh Hee Lee Korean Dancers and Drummers, Danza Espana Flamenco, Lei Pasifika Polynesian Dance and Seema Iyer Bollywood Dance Ensemble. Our past honorees have included Winona La Duke, Elizabeth Sackler, Oren Lyons, Jake Swamp, Xernona Clayton, Tonya Frichner, Tom Porter, Joanne Shenandoah, Dough George, Congressman John Lewis, Mayor David Dinkins, Ronda Ross, Jane Schachat, as well as others. 

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About Drums Along the Hudson®
A Native American and Multicultural Celebration

In September 2002, with a generous grant from the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs, Kamala Cesar, Artistic Director of Lotus Music and Dance, and Carl Nelson, Producer, created Drums Along the Hudson®: A Native American Festival. It began as a traditional Pow Wow to celebrate Native American heritage and culture, and also to commemorate the Lenape people who first inhabited Inwood Hill Park, or Shorakapok ("edge of the water"). This event first took place annually in the spring, thereafter we added something new and different each year to make the event more exciting and enjoyable -- including a Shad tasting, a White Pine tree planting (the Iroquois symbol of peace), international foods, drummers and dancers and a Native American Arts in Education Initiative. The event has attracted attendees from 400 in the first year to over 8,000 in recent years. Learn More