Drums Along the Hudson

The Warwick Gombey Troupe from Bermuda will perform at Drums Along the Hudson on Saturday, May 3rd, 2008

New York, NY (UCTP Taino News) – An annual event, this Native American Festival & Shad Fest featuring drummers & dancers from around the world will take place at Inwood Hill Park on Saturday, May 3rd, 2008. Promoted as “Manhattan's Only Open-Air Pow Wow”, the festival entitled “Drums Along the Hudson” will also host storytelling, Native Arts & Crafts, international food, free Shad tasting and Hudson River fish exhibits from 11am to 6pm rain or shine.

A number of special features are on the program this year including an honoring for Mohawk Chief Jake Swamp, Founder of the Tree of Peace Society and Xernona Clayton, Creator and Executive Producer of the Trumpet Awards.

Special guest performers include members of the Cacibajagua Taino Cultural Society and the Warwick Gombey Troupe & The St. David's Island Indians.

Established in 1992, the Cacibajagua Taino Cultural Society is an inter-Tribal, inter-generational community of indigenous Caribbean singers, musicians, and artists who are dedicated to transmitting their ancestral heritage to their future generations “with dignity and honor”.

The Warwick Gombey Troupe was founded by Mr. Irwin Trott in 1996 as an initiative to promote and preserve Bermuda's timeless Gombey dance and music tradition which combines elements of British, West African and indigenous New World cultures. The St. David's Island Indians are descendants of Northeastern Native Americans (from tribes such as Pequot and Narragansett) who were enslaved by British colonizers in the early 1600's and shipped to St. David's Island in Bermuda.

Drums Along the Hudson is a free, family-friendly event presented by Lotus Music & Dance, The New York City Department of Parks & Recreation, The Hudson River Foundation, and The New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, WABC-TV, and JP Morgan Chase.

For more information on the program or directions on how to get there visit
http://www.drumsalongthehudson.org/ or call 212-627-1076 x 18.

UCTPTN 05.01.2008

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