(Cliff Matias)
Rose Track won the 15th annual Pura Women's Fancy Shawl Special

NYC's Gateway to Nations Pow Wow in Photos

Cliff Matias
June 11, 2013

Thousands of visitors from across New York City and surrounding areas turned out for the 19th Annual Gateway to Nations Pow Wow at Floyd Bennett Field in Flatlands, Brooklyn May 31-June 2. The event was more than just a contest pow wow but also hosted indigenous artists from across the hemisphere. Polynesian, Mayan,  Kechuwa from South America and a Taíno group from the Caribbean, all shared their culture with audience members and each other during the three day gathering. For a complete list of Gateway to Nations dance competition winners, go to the council's Facebook page by clicking here.

Kechuwa Nation Dancers (Cliff Matias)

The gathering was hosted by the Redhawk Native American Arts Council. The organization was founded and maintained by Native American artists and educators residing in the New York City area. Since 1994, the Council has been dedicated to educating the general public about Native American heritage through song, dance, theater, works of art and other cultural forms of expression. The council represents artists from North, South, Central American, Caribbean and Polynesian Indigenous cultures.

Men's Grass Special in honor of 9/11 Firefighter James Coyle was won by Josh Richardson. (Cliff Matias)

The council will next be hosting the Bear Mountain Pow Wow August 3-4 at Harriman State Park in Stony Point, New York. And September 21-22 will be the Native organization's FDR Pow Wow, held at FDR State Park in Yorktown Heights, New York. For details on the council and both of the upcoming pow wows, go to RedhawkCouncil.org.

Hula dance (Cliff Matias)
James Morris who won Men's Traditional Special. (Cliff Matias)
Taíno dancers (Cliff Matias)