It’s called Drums Along the Hudson, and it’s an all day FREE festival of Native American drumming, dancing and story telling, at the northern tip of Manhattan, around where Peter Minuit purchase the island from the local tribe around 400 years ago. The Native American festival is 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Sunday, May 20, 2012 at Inwood Hill Park, at 218th St. and Indian Road, rain or shine. This year there is an international flavor, so in addition to performances by the NYC-based Thunderbird American Indian Singers Dancers and other Native American groups, there also are dance performances by the New York Chinese Cultural Center and Jacques d’Ambroise’s National Dance Institute. Take the “A” train to 207th Street, or the #1 train to 215th St. and Broadway, and walk west, toward the Hudson River. There will be Native American crafts and food vendors, an environmental tent, and more, including a free bicycle valet for those who arrive by pedal power. The program is jointly sponsored by the NYC Dept. of Parks and Recreation, the NYC Dept. of Cultural Affairs, and Lotus Music & Dance. See you there. Call (212) 627-1076 ext 18 for more information.
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