Lotus Performances & Events
Drums Along the Hudson® :
A Native American Festival and Mulitcultural
Sunday, June 1st, 2014
11am to 6pm
Free Admission - Rain or Shine
at Inwood Hill Park
Drummers and Dancers from Around the World, Pow Wow, Storytelling, Native Arts & Crafts, International Foods &
The twelfth Annual Drums Along the Hudson®: A Native American Fesitval and Multicultural Celebration will take place in Upper Manhattan's Inwood Hill Park from 11am to 6pm, rain or shine. This event is presented by Lotus Music & Dance in collaboration with the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation, sponsered 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-host will be Maria Schiavocampo, ABC News correspondent for Good Morning American and ABC World News and Patrick Riley, Pop Culture blogger "The life of Riley".
Drums Along the Hudson® features Manhattans' 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 Captain Planet Foundation, and a free bicycle valet for attendees who ride their bike to thr 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 by Mohawk Elder Tom Porter, which pays tribute to the memory of community leaders we have lost in the previous year.