Celebrating our 22nd Anniversary!  •  Sunday, June 2, 2024  •  11am-6pm  •  Inwood Hill Park

A Native American and Multicultural Celebration

In September 2002, with a generous grant from the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs, Kamala Cesar, Executive/Artistic Director of Lotus Music and Dance and Producer Carl Nelson created Drums Along the Hudson®: A Native American and Multicultural Celebration. 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.

In 2009, we established an Environmental Tent where attendees can learn more about practical ways to implement "green" living. Participating organizations have included the Audubon Society, Clean Air NY, Lower East Side Ecology Center, Hudsonia, the Council on the Environment of NYC and the Captain Planet Foundation with appearances by Captain Planet. This year we will have a free bicycle valet where attendees who ride their bikes to the park can have a valet park their bikes for them.

Past Honorees of Drums Along the Hudson

Past Honorees of Drums Along the Hudson have included US Poet Laureate, writer and musician Joy Harjo, US Congressman and Civil Rights Leader John Lewis, 106th Mayor of New York City David Dinkins, His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama, Director of the Thunderbird American Indian Dancers Louis Mofsie, NYC Councilman Ydanis Rodriguez, Environmentalist Laura Turner Seidel, and Elizabeth Sackler, the founder of the American Indian Ritual Object Repatriation Foundation.

List of Past Honorees
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