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San Francisco Giants Host Celebration of Native Culture in Tonight’s Game

In a rematch of the 2010 World Series, the Texas Rangers head to San Francisco this weekend to square off against the Giants in a much-anticipated interleague clash. Making tonight’s game, Friday, June 8, an even bigger event, the Giants will honor American Indians with a special Native American Heritage Night event.  Game starts at 7:15 p.m., but you’ll want to get there early. Although the club is expecting a sellout, some tickets are still available by calling 415-972-2298 or visiting SFGiants.com/SpecialEvents.

In addition to seating in a dedicated Native American Heritage Night section and receiving a special-edition Native-themed Giants pennant, fans can enjoy a wealth of pre-game cultural entertainment.  A tipi will be set up near one of the stadium entrances, where a hand drum performer will showcase Native music, and Bay Area Native organizations will be on hand to distribute information and answer questions.  Inside AT&T Park, 50 youth dancers will line the first and third baselines while All Nations Drum sings in a mini concert. Expert hoop dancers Ginger Sykes, Navajo, and Eddie Madril, Pascua Yaqui, will follow with a demonstration.

Partial proceeds from ticket sales will go to benefit nonprofits in the local Native American community, including Friendship House, the Native American Health Center, and the American Indian Child and Resource Center.

All are welcome to join the celebration, although organizers would like to share a thought with non-Native friends. Please, don’t come dressed in hipster Native American garb. Although (much to our aesthetic disdain) Southwestern/Navajo prints are very in right now, at least they are according to a recent visit to Urban Outfitters. So go nuts. But be respectful.

Play ball!

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