SEPTEMBER 2009: Native American Day

YONKERS, N.Y. (July 22, 2009) – Autumn 2009 may mark the anniversary of Henry Hudson’s ventures into the area, but it also begs the question: Who was already here? We welcome you to explore the answer during Philipse Manor Hall’s Native American Day on September 12, 2009, from 12-3 p.m. Discover the rich history and legacy of the native population of the area through craft, storytelling and the reading of artifacts.

Archaeologist and educator John Kraft of Lenape Lifeways will erect a lean-to and museum exhibit that explore the lives of the Lenape/Delaware Indians. Examine tools, weapons, clothing and musical instruments while discussing the family life, dwellings, diet, spiritual beliefs and technology of the Lenape.

Taino speaker, storyteller and poet Bobby Gonzalez, who has performed in venues from Carnegie Hall to the Museum of the American Indian, will present an an ongoing interactive storytelling session, Ancient Legends of the Lenape Indians. Gonzalez will perform The Beginnings of Turtle Island, The Boy Who Lives with the Bears and The Origin of Corn.

Artist, poet and musician Arthur Kirmss links the heritage of Algonquian American Indian groups with arriving Europeans by demonstrating the practice of making wampum shell beads as it was done in the 17th century! The bead would become a medium of exchange for New Amsterdam as Europeans adopted and re-branded the beads into currency.

Native American Day is free of charge and open to all ages. For further information, please call 914-965-4027 or email


Anonymous said...

The Blue Door Gallery, 13 Riverdale Avenue, will be having a brief talk on Native American Myths & Ledgends on Saturday August 29th from 12:30-2:00 pm as part of their "Inspired By Heritage" exhibition. (

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