URBAN INDIANS

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Luis Ramos started the Shorakapok Earth Keepers (SEK) in the summer of 2012 in an effort to beautify the natural areas of Inwood Hill Park and to encourage Native American residents of Inwood and Washington Heights to connect with their traditions through park stewardship projects and education. The SEK has led regular weekend clean-up projects for the park’s trails, as well as its natural stream. In addition, Ramos brings his Mobile Indigenous Library, which is a collection of books on Native American culture, particularly that of the Lenape – the people who lived in the Inwood area around the time that the first Europeans arrived – to all of his projects.

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URBAN INDIANS

Urban Indians

People don't think of New York City as a Native place. Manhattan and all of America was once only a Native place. In essence Native Americas were the first New Yorkers. People have preconceived notions of what Indians are and tend to imagine North American…


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People don't think of New York City as a Native place. Manhattan and all of America was once only a Native place. In essence Native Americas were the first New Yorkers. People have preconceived notions of what Indians are and tend to imagine North American plains Indians when in fact Native Americans are men and women taking meetings with you, teaching you, cooking your food, and doing your taxes. Living lives like every other American while keeping with the traditions and cultural values passed on to them. Just like you.

Urban Indians is a documentary web series presenting a glimpse into the lives of Indigenous men and women residing in urban environments. Through interviews and footage following each subject's day to day life the audience will be presented with what it means to be a modern day Indigenous person living in a major city, primarily New York City. The subjects of the project represent a fraction of the diverse tribes found throughout North America. Each subject will also represent a different livelihood within the city including, accounting, public relations, entertainment, students, retail, homemakers and education. Urban Indians will challenge many of the stereotypes Native Americans face in society. Most people still see Native Americans as the stoic buckskin-wearing cliches represented in media when in fact they are men and women living lives as diverse as the rest of America.

Episodes begin airing fall 2013.

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