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Drawn To The City

 
 
Drawn To The City Marker image. Click for full size.
By Larry Gertner, December 1, 2018
1. Drawn To The City Marker
Inscription.  
As the years pass and native people again find traveling easier, many descendants of the first Menatay inhabitants are returning to their native land. Here they meet native people from many nations. Once, Native Americans, viewed as exotic people, were brought here to take part in Wild West shows. We now see diplomatic visits by such contemporary natives as Rigoberto Menchu, the Mayan who won the Nobel Peace Prize, gatherings as American Indian Community House, and ceremonies like the one led by Chief Richard Snake, a Moraviantown Delaware, to give Inwood Hill Park back its original name Shorakapok (edge of the river).

Red Cloud, the Lakota chief, was one of those who visited New York to speak for his people. On June 16, 1870, he spoke at the Great Hall of Cooper Union to an audience divided between those wanting to see a “real wild Indian” and those believing justice and understanding would solve the problems between white and Indian.

In a similar vein, October 22, 1991, Thomas Banyaca, a Hopi spiritual elder, made his fourth pilgrimage to bring his people’s message of peace to the United Nations –
Drawn To The City Marker image. Click for full size.
By Larry Gertner, December 1, 2018
2. Drawn To The City Marker
The bank of markers left of the main entrance.
foretold in the ancient Hopi prophecies as “the great house of mica on the eastern shore where nations come together to solve the world’s problems without war.”
 
Location. 40° 42.266′ N, 74° 0.816′ W. Marker is in New York, New York, in New York County. Marker is on Whitehall Street near Bowling Green, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. The marker is one of several in a bank to the left of the main entrance to the National Museum of the American Indian. Marker is in this post office area: New York NY 10004, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. ...to Manhattan (here, next to this marker); From Menatay... (here, next to this marker); A Place Of Many Names (here, next to this marker); Menatay, An Island Crossroads (here, next to this marker); Lower Manhattan Today (here, next to this marker); The Marketplace (a few steps from this marker); “North America” sculpted by Daniel Chester French (a few steps from this marker); Places of Exchange (a few steps from this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in New York.
 
Regarding Drawn To The City. The inlay has faded so much that the marker is very difficult to read.
 
Categories. Native Americans
 
Inset image. Click for full size.
By Larry Gertner, March 14, 2019
3. Inset
The American Indian Community House (AICH) is a multi-faceted social support agency and cultural center serving native Americans of the greater New York area. AICH staff (top) at a going-away party for colleagues who are returning to their native community.
Other AICH staff relax in nearby Washington Square Park (bottom).
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By Larry Gertner, March 14, 2019
4. Inset
Native steelworkers helped shape the Manhattan skyline with the buildings they constructed, such as the Empire State Building, the United Nations, and the World Trade Center. Towering above the busy streets, a native steelworker breaks for lunch.
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By Larry Gertner, March 14, 2019
5. Inset
Photograph of a Mohawk family at home taken by Jacob Riis, who documented the lives of immigrants living in tenements on the Lower East Side of Manhattan in the late 1800’s.
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By Larry Gertner, March 14, 2019
6. Inset
Nez Pierce Indians, brought to New York from Montana, pose in traditional dress atop the McAlpin Hotel in 1912. Native people represented the “Wild West” to those living in a region virtually stripped of native influence.
The National Museum of the American Indian (and Federal Bankruptcy Court) image. Click for full size.
By Larry Gertner, 1999
7. The National Museum of the American Indian (and Federal Bankruptcy Court)
Formerly the Alexander Hamilton Custom House. The marker bank is to the right of the entrance.
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on March 21, 2019. This page originally submitted on March 17, 2019, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York. This page has been viewed 90 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on March 17, 2019, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York.   7. submitted on March 19, 2019, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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