New York in New York County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Drawn To The City
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 –
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Native Americans. A significant historical date for this entry is June 16, 1870.
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. The marker is one of several in a bank to the left of the main entrance to the National Museum of the American Indian. Touch for map. 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.
Credits. This page was last revised on March 21, 2019. It was originally submitted on March 17, 2019, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York. This page has been viewed 152 times since then and 8 times this year. 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.