American Indian Hoop-Dance to be Part of Almost Summer Celebration

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It is almost summer (solstice) and hoop dancer Marie McKinney-Poncé who has lived in eight countries and seven states will perform.

NEW YORK –  Anticipate the joyous arrival of summer at a multicultural festival overlooking the Hudson River. The National Museum of the American Indian is co-presenting the Almost Summer Celebration this Sunday in lower Manhattan’s Battery Park City – Wagner Park.

The celebration will feature music, storytelling and art at this multicultural event from 11 am – 2 pm.

Marie McKinney-Poncé (Lucayo-Taino/Cherokee) will Hoop-dance 12:30 pm. Additionally, musician Brady Rymer and the Little Band That Could, and interactive performances by hoop dancer Ty Defoe (Oneida/Ojibwe) and Play Me A Story will entertain thousands who are expected to attend.

Families are also invited to take part in lawn games and arts activities.  Food and ice cream available for purchase, picnicking encouraged.  In case of rain, the event will be held in the Museum of Jewish Heritage, adjacent to the park.

Almost Summer Celebration is presented by the National Museum of the American Indian, the Battery Park City Parks Conservancy, and the Museum of Jewish Heritage.

The National Museum of the American Indian–New York, the George Gustav Heye Center, is located within the historic Alexander Hamilton U.S. Custom House. The museum’s permanent and temporary exhibitions—as well as a range of public programs, including music and dance performances, films, and symposia—explore the diversity of the Native people of the Americas.

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