Native Americans celebrate heritage

Native Americans in New York celebrated their heritage at Gateway National Recreation Area at Floyd Bennett Field, Brooklyn, June 3-5.

The event included native food, music, dance, crafts, art and traditions. Annually the events include more than 1,000 Native American artists, performers, and educators from across the Americas and provide a venue for cross-cultural interaction, and the survival of Native American traditions.

The Redhawk Native American Arts Council hosts four of the largest Native American Heritage Celebrations in the Lower Hudson Valley.

The council is a small grass roots not-for-profit organization founded in 1994 and maintained by Native American artists and educators who reside in and around the New York City area.

Each year the council provide venues for more than 200 different First Nations’ artists and educators to present and share their art forms with audiences around the world. The council is dedicated to breaking stereotypes by presenting the traditions and societal contributions of Native Americans through song, dance, art, film, crafts, foods, and other forms of expression.

Redhawk prides itself as organizers of four of the largest pow-wows/native festivals in the northeast. The events attract more than 35,000 supporters of First Nations’ art and culture, as well as provide a source of revenue for Native American artists.

The Redhawk Native American Arts Council supports artists from more than 75 different nations including those from South America, the Polynesian Islands and the Caribbean Islands.

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