Benito Juárez, was President of Mexico from 1858 to 1872. He overcame the disadvantages of being Indigenous and poor to became a well-educated lawyer and politician. The third Monday in March is a national holiday in Mexico in honor of his birthday on March 21, 1806. A Reformer who laid the foundations for modern Mexico Juárez was a progressive reformer who worked … [Read more...] about Remember Benito Juárez, Indigenous Founding Father of Modern Mexico!
Indigenous people are the original people of the land. Called "Native American" in the States, and Indigenous across the Americas, the First Nations arrived around 30,000 years ago.
The first Indigenous "civilization" was founded in what is now Central Mexico around 12,000 BCE.
The first Iroquoian people arrived in the Adirondacks between 1,200 and 4,000 years ago. The Lenape of Manahatta came from those people.
Native Americans of the Northeast called March's full moon the "Worm Moon." March's Full Moon The moon is so named because it is the time of year when worms first appear. Birds also arrive to feast on the worms. We are approaching the March equinox, the halfway point between winter and spring in the northern hemisphere. The equinox is the day when the length of day … [Read more...] about “Worm Moon” is a Native American Name for the March Full Moon
Maria Tallchief was born Ki He Kah Stah Tsa (Elizabeth Marie “Betty” Tallchief) in Fairfax, Oklahoma on January 24, 1925. She is a member of the Osage Nation, one of the First Nations of what are now Oklahoma, Kansas, Missouri and Arkansas. She is remembered as America's first prima ballerina and the dancer who helped make George Balanchine's "The Nutcracker" the world's … [Read more...] about Remember Maria TallChief (Osage Nation), America’s & NY City Ballet’s First Prima Ballerina Who Popularized The Nutcracker
The Winter Show 2023 is one of America's leading antiques fairs. Many of the antiques are museum quality. Dealers are knowledgable and friendly. You can learn a lot talking with them. The people watching is great. It's an Upper East Side social event, and a fun date. The Winter Show is a benefit for East Side House, a community services organization in Mott Haven, The … [Read more...] about The Winter Show 2023 is at the Park Avenue Armory
Today we think of good chocolate as perhaps Swiss or Belgian, but chocolate is very American. Chocolate is made from cacao seeds which are native to the upper Amazon. This is prehistory, so the story keeps developing, but the earliest archeological evidence of cacao cultivation is believed to be in Ecuador. After that, the earliest archeological evidence of cacao has been … [Read more...] about Celebrate National Chocolate Day and the Indigenous Mesoamerican Flavor
National Tequila Day is July 24. The next one is Monday, July 24, 2023. The Spirit of Mexico Tequila is the national liquor of Mexico. It is made from the blue agave succulent. Tequila's sister liquor, mezcal, can be made from any type of agave. Some of tequila's distinct flavor comes from the fact that the agave sugar is fructose (fruit sugar) rather than the … [Read more...] about Celebrate National Tequila Day with the Agave Spirit of Pre-Columbian Mexico
Las Mañanitas is a Mexican folk song traditionally sung by family and friends early in the morning to wake up the person who is having a birthday. The mixed-race, Indigenous-Spanish, brown madonna, Our Lady of Guadalupe, is not only the patron saint of Mexico, she is the icon of Mexican identity. We accepted the colonizer's religion through her. The Virgin of Guadalupe … [Read more...] about Celebrate Las Mañanitas a Nuestra Virgen de Guadalupe
DOC NYC 2022 is America's biggest documentary film festival, and considered one of the best in the world. 13th DOC NYC 2022 DOC NYC 2022, America's largest documentary film festival, is at IFC Center in Manhattan's West Village, SVA Theatre and Cinépolis Chelsea, Wednesday, November 9-17, 2022. It continues online to November 27. 🇧🇷 🇨🇺 🇩🇴 🇨🇦 🇮🇹 ✡️ 🇻🇪 🇺🇸 The … [Read more...] about DOC NYC 2022
Day of the Dead NYC 2022 (Día de los Muertos) is a family tradition of remembering ancestors and tending their graves. There is nothing bad or scary about it. As a blend of American and European traditions, the celebration takes many forms around the world, including in Brazil, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Haiti, Philippines, and Spain. Depending on the country, … [Read more...] about Day of the Dead NYC 2022 Día de los Muertos is a Three-Day Family Celebration of Life
The 1st NYC Indigenous Peoples Day Parade is a long, long dream come true. The parade was dreamed by Cherokee Lenape Visionary Firebird GrayWolf, Cultural Director of the Turtle Island Indigenous People of the Northeast Cultural Foundation. The dream is manifesting through the organization of Carla Alexander, SubChief of the Deer Clan of the Ramapough Lenape Nation with … [Read more...] about The Great Spirit of the Lenape 1st New Yorkers Invites all 1st Nations and Allies to the 1st NYC Indigenous Peoples Day Parade!
The "Cold Moon" is the Northeast Native American name for the December full moon. It means the time when the cold sets in for winter. In New York City the first snow usually falls around the first week of December. January is the coldest month and February is the snowiest. So the cold moon marks the beginning of wintertime in New York City. The 2021 Cold Moon In 2021, … [Read more...] about “Cold Moon” is the Native American Name of the December Full Moon
Central and South Andean communities celebrate Pachamama on August 1, but preparations start the eve before. Pachamama Pachamama is the Quechuan and Aymaran name for Mother Earth. It literally means world mother, but also refers to her spirit. If you need equivalence to understand, she is the Andean Virgin Mary. We respect her all year long, but especially on August … [Read more...] about Celebrate Pachamama, the Andean New Year That Honors Mother Earth!
The Indigenous Peoples Day NYC 2022 PowWow is a two-day traditional celebration with drumming, singing, dancing, an overnight and a sunrise ceremony on Indigenous Peoples Day. Indigenous Peoples Day NYC 2022 PowWow The Indigenous Peoples Day NYC 2022 PowWow with drumming, singing, dancing, an overnight, and a sunrise ceremony is in Randall's Island Park, Sunday-Monday, … [Read more...] about The Indigenous Peoples Day NYC 2022 PowWow Invites Everyone to Randall’s Island Park
The "Snow Moon" is February's full moon. The Next Snow Moon The next Snow Moon over New York City reaches its fullest on Sunday, February 5, 2023. Names for the Snow Moon In the north, January is the coldest month, but the heaviest snow falls in February. That is why this moon is the Snow Moon. The snow and cold, dry, driving wind out of the north makes it hard … [Read more...] about “Snow Moon” Comes From the Native American Name for the February Full Moon
Inti Raymi is the Inca new year celebration that peaks on June 24. It honors Inti, the ancient Inca god who is represented by the sun, and was the source of the Inca king's power and authority. It's midsummer in the north, but midwinter in the southern hemisphere. Former Inca lands include coastline and high Andes mountains where it gets very cold in winter. The sun is … [Read more...] about Celebrate Inti Raymi, Inca New Year
The Buck Moon reaches its maximum over New York City on Monday, July 3, 2023 at 4:40am. Full Moon Names are Native American In the United States, full moons are called by their Indigenous names. Most full moon names come from the Algonquin people of the Northeast and Canada. The Lenape Delaware who lived in what is now New York City were Algonquin. Why it's Called the … [Read more...] about The July 2023 Full Moon is the “Buck Moon”
The Sturgeon Moon, August full moon, rises over New York City on Thursday, August 11, 2022 at 9:35pm. In the United States, full moon names follow Indigenous Native American traditions. This moon got its name because it rises at the time when Sturgeon fish can be caught in the lakes and rivers of the Northeast. Sturgeon are renowned for their roe (eggs). Caviar is … [Read more...] about “Sturgeon Moon” is the Native American Name for the August Full Moon
"Wolf Moon" is an Indigenous Algonquin name for the January full moon. The Algonquin Nation is mostly around the Great Lakes in Canada, but the Lenape of Manahatta also spoke an Algonquian language. The famed Algonquin Hotel on Club Row on West 44th St was a reference to these Native Americans. The Wolf Moon Indigenous culture around the world is mostly based … [Read more...] about Native American Algonquins Called the January Full Moon the “Wolf Moon”
In her time the Mexican painter Frida Kahlo was best known as the wife and muse of the great Mexican muralist Diego Rivera. Today she is arguably more famous than him. Through her creativity, character and force of will, Kahlo has become a global pop culture icon of Mexico, women, Indigenous peoples and LGBTQ+ communities. Frida Kahlo Magdalena Carmen Frida Kahlo y … [Read more...] about Remember Frida Kahlo, Icon of Mexico, Women, Indigenous Peoples and LGBTQ+ Communities
SummerStage NYC 2022 returns with almost 90 shows in Central Park and 12 community parks across all of New York City from to Sat, Jun 11 to Thu, Sep 22, 2022. summerstage.org This season presents established and emerging artists in Salsa, Jazz, Hip-Hop, Rock, Reggae, Reggaeton, Afrobeat, Soul, Pop, Global, Contemporary Dance and more. There are a few benefit concerts, … [Read more...] about SummerStage 2022 Brings Latin Culture to NYC Parks
Summer For The City brings all New Yorkers together for a summer filled with free or choose-what-you-pay events at Lincoln Center, May 14 - August 14, 2022. Summers at Lincoln Center have always been special with lots of free programming and curation that represents the diversity that makes New York City a world capital. This summer is special because we all need to … [Read more...] about Summer For the City 2022 Brings NYC Together at Lincoln Center
The BAAND Together Dance Festival 2022 at Lincoln Center is a showcase of NYC dance companies: Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, American Ballet Theatre, Ballet Hispánico, Dance Theatre of Harlem, and New York City Ballet. The festival was launched during the Covid-19 pandemic in 2021. It includes dance workshops and performances. 2nd BAAND Together Dance Festival … [Read more...] about The BAAND Together Dance Festival 2022 Brings Ailey, ABT, Ballet Hispánico, Dance Theatre of Harlem, and City Ballet to Lincoln Center for Free!
Grupo Rebolú is a New York Afro-Colombian band that plays Tropical dance music inspired by the traditions of the Colombian Caribbean coast. Grupo Rebolu plays plays Afro-Colombian Tropical dance music at the Esplanade Plaza in Battery Park City on Saturday, July 23, 2022 at 6pm. 🇨🇴 Once you cross the U.S. southern border, you discover that Indigenous and African … [Read more...] about Grupo Rebolú Plays Afro-Colombian Caribbean Dance Music at Esplanade Plaza
The 20th Drums Along the Hudson 2022 Native American and Multicultural drum festival is at Inwood Hills Park in Inwood, Manhattan on Sun, Jun 5, 2022 from 11am - 6pm. Free. drumsalongthehudson.org 🇺🇸🇧🇷🇬🇪🇲🇽🇰🇷 Drums Along the Hudson 2022 This is basically a Pow-Wow (Native American gathering) on the site of Manhattan's Lenape village in what is now Inwood Hills Park. It … [Read more...] about Drums Along the Hudson Celebrates Native American and Global Drum Traditions
Jarana Beat is an urban folk music collective that has been building fandango communities in New York City and around the world since 2007. This February 19, 2021 story has been updated since. The Bronx's own Jarana Beat does the Mexican Fandango at Terraza 7 in Elmhurst, Queens on Fri, May 13 at 10pm. $15. 🇲🇽 Jarana Beat Urban folk music collective recreating … [Read more...] about Jarana Beat Does the Mexican Fandango at Terraza 7
Lila Downs is a multiple Grammy and Latin Grammy-winning Regional Mexican Pop singer who is a champion of Indigenous rights. Lila Downs sings Regional Mexican Pop at Sony Hall in the Times Square Theater District on Tue, Apr 19, 2022 at 8pm. (6pm doors). From $62. sonyhall.com 🇲🇽 A Spirited Artist Lila always has a lot to say. She is fluent in Spanish, English and … [Read more...] about Lila Downs
The Crown of the Andes is a votive crown from a statue of the Virgin at the Cathedral Basilica of Our Lady of the Assumption in Popayán, Colombia. One of the most important surviving examples of colonial Spanish American gold work, a piece used for centuries in Holy Week ceremonies, is on display in Gallery 757 at the Met Museum in Central Park. The Atahualpa … [Read more...] about Crown of the Andes and the Atahualpa Emerald are at the Met Museum
Aurelio Martínez is a Honduran Garifuna singer-songwriter. To our uneducated ear, he sounds like an Afrobeat Bob Dylan with elements of surf guitar and something with the feel of Calypso. Aurelio is a leading voice of the Garifuna people, speakers of the last living Indigenous Carib language. There is a vibrant Garifuna community in Crotona Park East, The Bronx. Aurelio … [Read more...] about Aurelio Martínez & The Garifuna Soul Band Sing Folkloric Jazz for the World Music Institute at Le Poisson Rouge
Edmar Castaneda is a New York-based Colombian harpist who makes otherworldly Jazz based on the folk music of Colombia and Venezuela. Castaneda makes music of the angels. He is the Jimi Hendrix of the Andean harp. His emotional range would be exhausting if it wasn't so sweet. Castaneda switches gears naturally like he is driving through the mountain neighborhoods of his … [Read more...] about Edmar Castaneda to Celebrate “Family” Album Release
The Indigenous Peoples Day NYC 2021 celebration is in Randall's Island Park on Sun-Mon, Oct 10-11, 2021. ipdnyc.org Indigenous Peoples Day NYC 2021 The Festival begins with dance, music, and spoken word; artisanal crafts, food, speakers and an evening concert on Sunday, October 10 from 11am-9pm. The Festival ends with a sunrise ceremony, water ceremony and guest … [Read more...] about Join the Indigenous Peoples Day NYC 2021 Pow Wow