Native American Festival Held At Pelham Bay Park

Grupo Higuayagua members offered the beat during a traditional dance performance.
Photo by Laura Stone

The Bronx Native American Festival, a celebration of the unique Native American cultures of the Americas, was held on Sunday, September 30 at Pelham Bay Park’s South Picnic Area. Sponsored by NYC Parks, Friends of Pelham Bay Park and Bronx Council on the Arts, cultural celebration featured performances by Master of Ceremonies Bobby Gonzalez, Taino/NYC Indian of the Year; the Silvercloud Singers and Grupo Higuayagua.

Master of Ceremonies Bobby Gonzalez enjoyed a day in the park with Mary Ponce of the Thunder Gray American Dancers.
Photo by Laura Stone

(l-r) Maritza Feliciano, Valerie Tureiyari and Christian Padilla welcomed everyone to the yearly pow wow.
Photo by Laura Stone

Rodrick Bell (l) and Xerius Mack performed a ‘Sneak Up Dance.’
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Thunder Gray American Dancers’ Mary Ponce performed a ‘Hoop Dance.’
Photo by Laura Stone

First grader Brandon Reyes wore a modern grass dance outfit while his grandfather Jose Quijano wore a ‘vintage’ over 40-year-old grass dance outfit.
Photo by Laura Stone

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