Native Artist Interview and Performances For Native American Heritage Month is hosting a series of performances for Native American Heritage Month sponsored by The US Department of Health and Human Services.

Join Paul G for inspiring performances from Larry Yazzie, Tonia Jo Hall, Fawn Wood and Dallas Lee Waskahat, and Opie Day and Desirae Desnomie.

Larry Yazzie – November 17, 2022 – 9:00 PM

Larry Yazzie - Pow Wow Nation Live

Larry is an actor, two-time World Champion Fancy Dancer, an Eagle Dancer, and is from the Meskwaki Nation in Tama, Iowa. He is the Founder and Artistic Director for Native Pride Productions, Inc. which is based in St. Paul, MN. His repertoire includes performances at the Olympics, The Kennedy Center, and the Smithsonian Institute. Larry has performed all over the world and has won many awards for his dancing. As an international lecturer, dancer, and educator, Larry has earned the reputation for being one of the nation's leading experts on Native American dance. In May 2010, he and his son Jessup were the sole U.S. performers invited for performances and workshops throughout northern France. He founded Native Pride Productions to give back to his community and to the world. Larry’s goal is to share cultural traditions through artist-in-residency workshops, performances, lectures, classroom instruction and theatrical performances enhancing access to diverse, multicultural artists for people of all ages and backgrounds. His warm, enthusiastic spirit truly reflects the beauty of Indigenous people. Following the tradition of his elders, he is giving back, and enriching the lives of all audiences for generations to come.

Fawn Wood and Dallas Lee Waskahat – November 24, 2022 – 9:00 PM

Fawn Wood and Dallas Lee Waskahat - Pow Wow Nation Live

Watch an interview and performance from Fawn Wood and Dallas Lee Waskahat! is hosting a series of performances for Native American Heritage Month sponsored by The US Department of Health and Human Services. Fawn Wood’s singing reflects her Cree and Salish tribal lineage. At an early age Fawn would sing her heart out at pow-wows alongside her mother and father. In 2006, Fawn was the first female to win the Hand Drum contest at the Gathering of Nations Pow Wow. In 2009 she opened the show at the 11th Annual Native American Music Awards (NAMMYS). Dallas Waskahat is a singer, drummer and educator who works to empower, strengthen and maintain Indigenous culture through the power of his voice, music and leadership.

Opie Day and Desirae Desnomie – November 29, 2022 – 8:00 PM

Opie Day and Desirae Desnomie - Pow Wow Nation Live

From drum-maker to the lead singer of the Midnite Express Singers, Robin Opichee Day-Bedeau has been singing throughout Turtle Island for more than 30 years. So, it's fair to say Opie Day is pretty much a household name in Indian Country. Born to his late father Joseph John Bedeau from Onigum by way of the Leech Lake Ojibwe Indian Reservation and his mother Charlene Anne Day from the Bois Forte Ojibwe Reservation, Opie is Anishinaabe—one of the people in Ojibwe—through and through. A member of the fish clan, his passion is singing—both powwow and round dance.

Tonia Jo Hall – November 30, 2022 – 8:00 PM

Tonia Jo Hall - Pow Wow Nation Live

Tonia Jo Hall grew up on the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation. She started dancing as a tiny tot. At 18 she began traveling outside her reservation to larger Pow Wows. She is now a champion Jingle Dress Dancer. Recently she began a career in stand-up comedy known for her character Auntie Beachress.

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