Hundreds of participants from more than 40 Indian Nations representing the Cherokee, Choctaw, Delaware, Hopi, Kiowa, Kuna, Lakota, Matinecock, Navajo, Osagem, Rappahanock, San Blas, Santo Domingo, Shinnecock, Taino and Winnebago came out to this year’s event to dance and celebrate their culture.
Performances included hoop dancers, grass and Yaqui Deer dances and the sunset lighting of the bonfire. On Friday night, dozens of audience members participated in a traditional dance around the bonfire to end the night.
In addition to performances and contests, attendees had an opportunity to shop for Native American jewelry, art and crafts. There were also plenty of food options, such as Indian tacos, fry bread, buffalo burgers, venison sandwiches and gator bites.
Proceeds from the event went towards the Thunderbird American Indian Dancers Scholarship Fund and the Queens County Farm Museum Education Fund.
(Photos by Jen Khedaroo)