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Native Americans Hold Powwow In Brooklyn Park

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Brooklyn’s Gateway National Park hosts a celebration of Native American culture with a powwow this weekend.

People can look at arts, crafts and traditional song and dance performances like the “Chicken Dance.”

Yesterday’s events included a drum competition that drew competitors of all ages and a mechanical bull riding contest.

"I came out here to dance and enjoy some culture. It's kind of a way of life. I was born and raised with it all my entire life," said one participant.

"You can go to Little Italy to celebrate your Italian heritage, you can go to Chinatown and celebrate your Chinese heritage, Caribbean in Harlem. But there's nowhere else where you can celebrate the Native American people, but the powwows that they represent," said another.

The powwow continues today from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children and seniors.

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