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Where to Celebrate Native American Heritage Month in the New York Area

Where to Celebrate Native American Heritage Month in the New York Area

November is Native American Heritage Month, also known as American Indian and Alaska Native Heritage Month to celebrate the diverse cultures and traditions of Native people. There are many events happening around the New York area to celebrate all month long.

FREE Beyond the Pow-Wow
WHEN: Saturday, Nov. 4, 2pm
WHERE: Queens Village Library, 94-11 217th St., Queens Village
WHAT: Award-winning children's author S.D. Nelson brings the culture of the Lakota people center stage; Chief Dwaine Perry discusses the proposed oil pipeline that threatens the sacred areas of the Ramapoul Lunaape Reserve; and the National Alliance of Native American Dancers perform with Wolfsmoon Medicine Drum.
WANT TO GO? 718-776-6800.

FREE Native American Craft
WHEN: Tuesday, Nov. 14, 4:30pm
WHERE: The Field Library, 4 Nelson Ave., Peekskill
AGES: 5-12
WHAT: Enjoy making a special Native American craft to celebrate Native American Heritage Month.
WANT TO GO? 914-737-0847.

Thanksgiving with the Beasts
WHEN: Saturday, Nov. 18, 12-3pm
WHERE: Staten Island Zoo, 614 Broadway, Staten Island
WHAT: In the tradition of celebrating a harvest, join in as the zookeepers make special Thanksgiving feasts for the animals. The event also features the Red Storm Drum and Dance Troupe celebrating the Native American culture and its strong relationship with animals. Their performance includes music, song, dance, and stories.
WANT TO GO? $10; $7 seniors; $6 children ages 3-14; free for children younger than 2. 718-442-3101.

Family Art Project: Cornhusk Dolls
WHEN: Nov. 18-19, Saturday-Sunday, 10am-1pm
WHERE: Wave Hill, West 249thh Street and Independence Avenue, Bronx
WHAT: Celebrate corn and harvest time. Listen to Native American tales, and hear about the power of a talking stick. Then tie, weave, and shape dried husks into a single, cornhusk doll or corny doll family.
WANT TO GO? $8; $4 children. 718-549-3200. 

Native American Feast
WHEN: Nov. 18-19, Saturday-Sunday, 10am-4pm
WHERE: Garvies Point Museum and Preserve, 50 Barry Drive, Glen Cove
WHAT: Hands-on activities including pottery-making using ancient methods, primitive fire-building, and on-site open fire cooking with samples (including our famous popcorn soup). Authentic Native American food displays with samplings, along with artifacts and tool technology, including drilling in stone, face painting with natural pigments, and spear throwing using an atlatl.
WANT TO GO? $8; $5 children ages 5-12; free for children younger than 5. 516-571-8010.

Arrowhead Workshop
WHEN: Sunday, Nov. 26, 1-2pm
WHERE: The Whaling Museum and Education Center, 279 Main St., Cold Spring Harbor
WHAT: Did you know Native Americans were a key part of the whaling workforce on Long Island? See and touch a Native American whale oil lamp, and create an arrowhead necklace.
WANT TO GO? $12. 631-367-3418.


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Main image: Tie, weave, and shape dried husks into cornhusk doll at Wave Hill.
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