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Gateway to Nations Pow Wow Is Here: New York City's Native American Heritage Celebration Starts Today

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Beginning today and lasting through the weekend, the RedHawk Native American Arts Council is once again bringing three days of American Indian culture to the Big Apple. Floyd Bennet Field in Brooklyn is the home for what is becoming one of New York's finest summer festivals. Once a crucial New York City airport, Floyd Bennet Field is a part of the Gateway National Recreation Area.

This year's festival will include pow wow dancing, drums, Native songs, educational programs, crafts, jewelry, and, of course, plenty of great food. The competition dancing includes cash prizes to the winners, with dance specials for fancy shawl, men's Northern Traditional, Grass, Southern Straight, Smoke Dance and Golden Age for men and women.

Today is Student Day, open to school groups and the general public, with a starting time of 10am and lasting until 5pm. School groups must pre-register at 718-686-9297.

Tomorrow, June 2 and Sunday, June 3 begin at 11am and goes until 7pm. The two Grand Entries are at 1pm and 4pm, respectively.

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We'll be showcasing photos from this event over the next couple of days, so check back in with us.

For more information, visit www.redhawkcouncil.org or email: native@redhawkcouncil.org (718) 686-9297