The Redhawk Indian Arts Council is a not-for-profit organization
founded and maintained by Native American artists and educators
residing in the New York City area. Since 1994, the Council has been
dedicated to educating the general public about Native American
heritage through song, dance, theater, works of art, and other
cultural forms of expression. The council represents artists from
North, South, and Central America, Caribbean, and Polynesian
Redhawk Council produces four of the largest heritage celebrations
in the Northeast. The Arts Council also hosts festivals, workshops,
theater presentations and educational programs, addressing
stereotypes and fostering an awareness of Native cultures from a
historical standpoint, with a focus on contemporary cultural practices.
Redhawk incorporates a traditional Indigenous perspective on
sustainable living by thinking “green” and urban gardening by farming
in the Council’s garden space.
The Council presents programs within the educational system to
help students and educators gain a better understanding of Native
American history and diverse cultures represented within Native
America. The Council also encourages educators to re-think the
current out-dated curriculum and apply some of the firsthand
knowledge shared by Native artists and educators.
The Council creates venues for Native artists to share their art
forms with the public and each other, providing opportunities to
become financially self-reliant. By contracting artists for educational
programs, lectures, and festivals for various organizations, the Council
helps support the First Nations artist community.
Native youth programs, hosted by the Council, educate urban Native
youth about their cultures and present a setting where these youth
can create a common bond. Native youth are encouraged to share
and learn traditional forms of dance, music, drumming, and regalia-
making, focused in keeping young Natives interested, involved, and
proud of their rich heritage and cultures.