Cliff Matias
We thought our readers would appreciate some great images of our young Native warriors in regalia that will be carrying on for the upcoming generation. Junior boy fancy dancer nails the end of his song right on cue.

8 Amazing Photos of Native Kids at Gathering of Nations by Cliff Matias

Vincent Schilling
5/11/16

One of ICTMN’s photographers was on site at this year’s Gathering of Nations. We thought our readers would appreciate some great images of our young Native warriors in regalia that will be carrying on for the upcoming generation.

This said, here are 8 amazing photos of Native Kids at the 2016 Gathering of Nations taken by Cliff Matias.

A young Acoma dancer performs with members of her group at GON.Acoma Pueblo young dancers performing a rain dance.Aztec dancer Maria Teller performed with her family during GON.Junior boy fancy dancer nails the end of his song right on cue.Junior boy's traditional dancer with a determined look at GON.A Northwest Coast girl (button dancer) dances with a traditional button blanket.Fancy Dancer Chaske Isennock traveled all they way from York, PA to dance at GON.A young Crow dancer in the junior woman's traditional category

Cliff Matias currently serves as Director of Redhawk Native American Arts Council.

As a photojournalist his works have appeared in publications such as the NY Times magazine, Time Out NY, USA Today, Native Peoples and Indian Country Today. As a performing artist he has appeared live on Regis and Kelly, Good Day New York, Good Morning America and has toured throughout the world as a featured Hoop dancer and educator. As a photographer, his works have been on exhibition in top galleries and museums. His current project, Native in New York, has been receiving rave reviews all around and can be found at www.cliffmatiasphotography.com.

Matias is also the coordinator of New York Indigenous People's Day, which is a Native celebration that takes the place of the Columbus Day events happening in New York City. 

The event features over 500 Native American artists, educators, singers, dancers and performing groups from across the Americas, and is put on by Matias through the Redhawk Native American Arts Council. A Native American Festival and Pow wow takes place the Saturday and Sunday before Columbus Day at Randall's Island Park in New York City.

See Related: Take That, Columbus! Celebrate NY Indigenous Peoples Day on Monday and Pow Wow

For more information about Cliff Matias, visit the Redhawk Native American Arts Council website.

 

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