New York City calls to Celebrate NY Indigenous Peoples Day on Monday and Pow Wow This Weekend!


Take That, Columbus!

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Celebrate NY Indigenous Peoples Day on Monday and Pow Wow This Weekend.

Featuring over 500 Native American artists, educators, singers, dancers and performing groups from across the Americas, the Redhawk Native American Arts Council is hosting an Indigenous People’s Day on Monday, October 12th and a Native American Festival and Pow wow this weekend at Randall’s Island Park in New York City.

The amazing thing about this weekend’s pow wow is that it is the first contest pow wow held on the island of Manhattan ever!
“On Monday October 12, we celebrate Indigenous People’s Day rather than Columbus Day.  We seek to reclaim and redefine this day to celebrate the rich cultures and histories of indigenous people in the Americas, rather than a day dedicated to the forced colonization of native peoples. The day will start with a Sunrise Ceremony followed by performances from Indigenous people around the world. It will be a day of healing, sharing and celebrating indigeneity,” says Matias.
On both the weekend and on Monday; and in honor of the Indigenous people hailing from outside of the U.S. there will also be a Polynesian dance troupe representing cultures from the islands of Hawaii, Tahiti, Samoa and New Zealand, an Aztec group from Mexico City and Inca groups from Peru and Ecuador, and a Taino group celebrating the Native culture of the people from Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic.

Tickets are $12 for adults and teens, $10 for seniors (65+) and students, $8 for youth (6-12 yrs.) and free for children 5 yrs. & under.

Monday’s event starts at sunrise and is free.

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