Reader Photos: Drums Along the Hudson
Here at Indian Country Today Media Network, we’re always thrilled to showcase incredible photography, which has the spirit behind our ongoing pow wow portrait series. Shot by professional photographer Diego James Robles, this series has been wowing visitors to our site and readers of our print magazine for weeks.
In addition to soliciting professional portraits and other stunning photographer from the professional world, we’re also open, and eager, to receiving photos from our readers, be they amateur photos or photos taken at their events by their own photographers.
Which brings us to today's beautiful photo gallery, submitted by Ron Greenfield from the annual American Indian festival, Drums Along the Hudson, in New York City. These photos represent three years worth of this spectacular event, starting in 2009.
Drums Along the Hudson combines "exhibitions of world dance and drumming traditions as well as Native American crafts and international foods," as they state on their website. It's such a unique event, as it celebrates the incredible scope of American Indian heritage, culture, and art with the incredible diversity of New York City itself.
The 10th Annual Drums Along the Hudson will take place on Sunday, May 20th, in Upper Manhattan’s Inwood Hill Park from 11:00 am until 6:00 pm, rain or shine. The event is presented by Lotus Music & Dance in collaboration with the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation, sponsored in part by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, Councilman Robert Jackson and WABC-TV.
The coming event will be honoring individuals and organizations for their contributions to environmental and humanitarian causes. This year's honorees are La Donna Harris, President, Americans for Indian Opportunity, and Jane Schachat, former Northern Manhattan Parks Department Administrator. They will also plant a white pine tree in a ceremony, officiated by Mohawk Elder Tom Porter, which pays tribute to the memory of community leaders lost in the previous year.
As you can see from Ron's wonderful photos, Drums Along the Hudson is a special event. If you're in the New York area, we highly recommend you attend.
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