"They're not going to see people putting their hands over their mouths going 'Whoo, whoo, whoo, whoo' and they're not going to hear that 'boom-boom, boom-boom' drumbeat. The beat that we dance to is a steady beat that represents the heartbeat of the earth."
He also says that if you're driving to the pow-wow from the north on Route 9W, you'll see a giant sign that feeds into the stereotype.
"James I. O'Neill High School has that giant mascot," Matias laughs. "A school named after an Irish guy and they have this giant mascot of a Native American in a war bonnet from the Great Plains. It's those sort of things. The event is in line with combating that sort of stuff. If you don't know about Native America, then you don't know about America."