FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 13, 2022
Mayor to Host First Native American Ceremony at City Hall
‘Wiping of Tears’ to be held December 21, 2022
KINGSTON, NY – Mayor Steven T. Noble is pleased to announce that the City of Kingston, the Association of Native Americans of the Hudson Valley, and members of the Munsee, Esopus, and Ramapough Lenape nations will host the first Wiping of Tears-Winter Solstice ceremony at City Hall on Wednesday, December 21, 2022 at 12:30pm.
This traditional Native American ceremony will take place outdoors in front of City Hall and is intended to represent clearing past hurts, connecting to the land, and making way to enter a new, positive relationship with one another.
“To my knowledge, this is the first time a Mayor has formally invited Native American representatives to gather in peace with us at Kingston’s City Hall. It’s important for me to acknowledge that the European colonization of North America had a devastating effect on our Indigenous population. Within a short period of time, their way of life was changed forever,” said Mayor Noble. “I thank my Director of Arts and Cultural Affairs for initiating this relationship and look forward to participating in this ceremony, which I hope will demonstrate the City’s commitment to building bridges with the Native American community in a positive and connected way.”
Paul (Coyote Song) Tobin, of the Association of Native Americans of the Hudson Valley said, “As we move into the longest night, let’s bring and share our light and love so that together we can look towards a future where we can shed the tears, sorrows, and burdens of the past and move forward with clear eyes and open hearts.”
The public is invited to attend and encouraged to wear warm clothing. Radio Kingston will livestream the outdoor ceremony on the City of Kingston’s YouTube channel and the public may also watch the livestream from the Council Chambers at City Hall. A reception inside City Hall will follow the outdoor portion of the event.
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