Photo: The Elder Statesmen

The Elder Statesmen: African American Gospel Long Island has one of the most complex music traditions: African American gospel music. The roots stem from the many regional denominations of African American churches. According to African American historian Linda Day, the A.M.E. Zion church was founded in New York by free blacks and has a strong […]

Photo: Gayathri Devi

Shrimathi Gayatri Devi: Bharata Natyam Classical Dancer Smt. Gayatri Devi, a Bharata Natyam dancer, teacher, and a choreographer of eminence, is one of the most senior and outstanding disciples of the legendary artist Smt. Rukmini Devi Arundale of Kalakshetra. Gayatri Devi is acclaimed today as one of the nationally and internationally reputed exponents of the […]

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Peter Apaza and Peru Andino by Gabrielle Hamilton and Nancy Solomon Peter Apaza was born in the city of Puno, in the southern region of Puno, Peru. He brought his traditional music with him to the U.S. and later founded Peru Andino with his sister, Rosa Volida. Peru Andino has an extensive repertoire of 30 dances […]

Mission Long Island Traditions documents local architecture, from beach bungalows and bay houses to garden apartments and farm buildings. As fishermen and farmers disappear, we fight for the preservation of Long Island’s contemporary maritime and farming culture throughout the region. To recognize and pay tribute to Long Island’s diverse ethnic cultures, we support Irish stepdance, […]

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