Interview with Cliff Matias about Native American Music

Nieuw Amersfoort prior to the 17th century was a large constituent of what many now call Brooklyn. Named by the Dutch, It covered the areas now known as Flatbush and Flatlands. It was inhabited first by the Canarsie or Keskachauge Indians, part of a larger Native American confederacy called the Lenape. As the Europeans made their way to the Western Hemisphere, they traded and exchanged goods with the natives and in the process brought their cultures, traditions, and a few diseases. This led to many conflicts and eventually the decline of the native population.

Jasmine Lee
Farzana Ruzehaji
Macaulay Honors College at Brooklyn College
Class of 2018