Inwood Hill Park

Parks Hosts Drums Along The Hudson At Inwood Hill Park

Saturday, May 3, 2008
No. 43

Note: This press release is for Drums Along the Hudson 2008. For this year's details, please visit our Events page.

Parks Commissioner Adrian Benepe celebrated "Drums Along the Hudson," an annual Native American festival at Inwood Hill Park with Mohawk Elder Tom Porter and WABC-TV Weekend Anchor Sandra Bookman. They honored Mohawk Chief Jake Swamp, the founder of the Tree of Peace Society, and Xernona Clayton, President and CEO of the Trumpet Awards Foundation, with awards for their contributions to the environment and society.

"Drums Along the Hudson is a wonderful opportunity to learn about Native American culture and enjoy diversity in a woodland setting that is almost unchanged since Native Americans lived there," said Commissioner Benepe. "Groups from all over the world celebrate their cultures in parks and we are delighted to host this event at Inwood Hill Park again this year."

"Drums Along the Hudson and Shad Fest" celebrates the spirit of the drum that is the heart, culture and tradition of the Native American people. The event included exhibits of world dance and drumming traditions as well as international foods and Native American arts and crafts. Attendees also had the opportunity to participate in only open air powwow in Manhattan, which is a celebratory gathering of Native people.

This year's powwow was led by Louis Mofsie and the Thunderbird American Indian Dancers with special guests from Bermuda - the St. David's Island Indians and the Warwick Gombey Troupe. Other featured performers included the Mohawk Singers and Dancers, Harambee Dance Company, Trinayan (Odissi dancers) and Carioca Capoeira as well as other indigenous and international artists.

"Drums Along the Hudson" was sponsored in part by Lotus Music & Dance, JPMorgan Chase, the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, NYC Parks & Recreation, Hudson River Foundation and WABC-TV.

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Directions to Inwood Hill Park

Know Before You Go

There are currently 5 service interruptions affecting access within this park.

Nature CentersInwood Hill Nature Center

Due to the effects of Hurricane Sandy, this facility is closed until further notice. Please follow this project on our Capital Project Tracker for updates. To reach our Urban Park Rangers at Inwood Hill Park, please call (212) 304-2277.

ParkInwood Hill Park

A Rabid Raccoon Warning has been issued for Inwood Hill Park. Please visit our Raccoon Advisory page for more information.

MarinasDyckman Street

Transient and seasonal moorings will not be available for the 2020 season.

MarinasDyckman Street

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, there are service changes at this marina. Marinas, boatyards, and boat launches are open for personal use of vessels only. Group activities, social gatherings, vessel charters, and rentals are prohibited. Vessel servicing, fueling, and pumpout stations are open. Please maintain strict social distancing of at least six feet and clean and sanitize your vessels after each use. Also, transient and seasonal moorings will not be available for the 2020 season.

Kayak/Canoe Launch SitesMuscota Marsh

The East Dock at Muscota Marsh is temporarily closed for repairs. As an alternative, please use the boat launch at Inwood Hill Park or at Sherman Creek.
Anticipated Completion: Summer 2021

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