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The Barbican's excellent "Inventing America" series presents Native Rites - a one-day festival of Native American culture embracing dance, drumming, spoken word and workshops. These afternoon events are free and in the evening a special concert is headlined by the Santee Sioux John Trudell, a prominent Native American rights activist whose lyrics set to a bluesy rock beat are a particular favourite of Bob Dylan. Lanky Dakotan flautist and dancer Robert Tree Cody, the multi-disciplined Gathering of Nations and storyteller Gayle Ross round off a bill that mixes contemporary performance with heritage.

Barbican, London EC2 (0171 638 8891) today from 1pm; concert at 7.30pm

Tim Perry

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