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Experience The Beauty of Baltimore's Native American Culture | Performers Announced for Aug 6th BxB

Experience the beauty of Baltimore's Native American culture through a visual, musical, and spiritual celebration with Keith Colston of Native America's Protectors for the third Baltimore by Baltimore (BxB) Music & Makers Festival on Saturday, August 6th.


Commemorative posters created by Globe Collection and Press at MICA will be available at the festival.

Waterfront Partnership welcomes this month's featured producer, Keith Colston of Native America's Protectors to highlight the vibrant colors and energetic movements of our city's native people for the third Baltimore by Baltimore (BxB) festival at the Inner Harbor Amphitheater on Saturday, August 6th from 12 - 8pm.

Keith Colston of the Tuscarora and Lumbee tribes is a cultural consultant who initiates and supports a wide range of activities that promote the welfare of Indian people and further the understanding of American Indian history and culture. 

Keith supervises programs and serves as a visual performance artist performing with such groups as Red Crooked Sky, Native Pride, and his own Native America's Protectors. Native America's Protectors, LLC partners with Native American organizations and non-native entities to promote educational events, cultural workshops, and visual presentations, allowing the non-native to better understand what culture means to them as a people. 

"The opportunity Waterfront Partnership has provided is historic. To highlight the cultural footprint of Native Americans in Baltimore, as well as to bring forth the common characteristics we share with other ethnicities in the city, is priceless. We are not just people of color… we are people of culture!"
~Keith Colston, Native America's Protectors


  • Native America's Protectors Dancers | 
    Native America’s Protectors, LLC is a group of Native American consultants organized to represent the culture of their people in a positive and productive manner. Through cultural workshops and visual presentations, they allow the non-native to gain a better understanding of what culture means to them as a people. Native America’s Protectors, LLC partners with Native American organizations and non-native entities to promote cultural as well as educational events.
    Featuring: Keith Colston, Elyse Sparks Jackson, Camron Jackson, Talie Jackson, Louis Campbell, Celest Swann, Duncan Munson, Katy Isenock, Chaske Hill, Johnson Taylor, Lillian Sparks Robinson, & Matt Harmon

    Learn More About "Native America's Protectors"
  • Northern Boys - Native American Drum Group |
    Northern Boys Drum group is an essential part to the expression of the dances. Without the drum, without the heartbeat of the people, the dance would not take place. Each song sung is specific to each action of the dancers. The drum is not only to be heard, it is to be felt by the mind, body and most importantly the spirit of all. From honor songs to incredibly fast pace drumming, Northern Boys makes us all want to dance.
    Featuring: Keith Cox, Troy Richardson, & Chad Hedgepeth
  • Native American Flutist - Matt Harmon |
  • Learn Native Hoop Dance | 
  • “CANPATLANEZI” Danza Aztec Del Anahuac | 
  • The Keur Khaleyi African Dance and Cultural Institute | @keurkhaleyidance
    The Keur Khaleyi African Dance and Cultural Institute is a 501(c)(3) family-based, multi-generational African dance and drum institute based in Baltimore, MD. The institute’s mission is to preserve, present, and teach the rich culture of the African diaspora to the community at large. Based at the Eubie Blake National Jazz Institute and Cultural Center, the institute welcomes a wide range of students: men, women, and children of all ages and of several different races and ethnic backgrounds.Learn more about "Keur Khaleyi Dance Company"
  •  Juventud Latina |


  • Ashley Minner | @Baltimorereservation @Ashleyminnerart
    Ashley Minner is a community based visual artist from Baltimore, Maryland and an enrolled member of the Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina. She earned her MFA in Community Arts from Maryland Institute College of Art and her PhD in American Studies from University of Maryland College Park. In addition to maintaining her artistic practice, Ashley works as an Assistant Curator for History and Culture at the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, D.C.
    Learn More About Ashley Minner's Artwork & Projects
  • Windridr Crafts | 
  • Native Flare |