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Thunderbird American Indian Dancers Hold Annual Concert & Pow Wow

Posted By Toyacoyah Brown January 16th, 2014 Last Updated on: January 16th, 2014

If you're in the New York City area don't miss out on this.  Theater for the New City, 155 First Avenue, will present Thunderbird American Dancers in their annual Dance Concert and Pow Wow from January 31 to February 9, 2014. There will be dances, stories and traditional music from the Iroquois and Native Peoples of the Southwest and Great Plains regions.

Highlights will include Storytelling by Matoka Eagle (Santo Domingo, Tewa), a Hoop Dance by Marie Ponce (Cherokee), a Buffalo Dance (from the Hopi people), a Grass Dance and Jingle Dress Dance (from the Northern Plains people), a Stomp Dance (from the Southeastern tribes), and a Shawl Dance (from the Oklahoma tribes). In the final section of the program, the audience will be invited to join in the Round Dance, a friendship dance.

The Thunderbird American Indian Dancers are the oldest resident Native American dance company in New York. The troupe was founded in 1963 by a group of ten Native American men and women, all New Yorkers, who were descended from Mohawk, Hopi, Winnebago and San Blas tribes. The company was all-volunteer, a tradition that exists to today. Members range in professions from teachers to hospital patient advocates, tree surgeons and computer engineers. Founding member Louis Mofsie says, “To be going for 50 years is just amazing to me, and to be able to do the work we do.”

For more information about the Thunderbird American Indian Dancers or how you can attend the performance please visit Theater for the New City's website.


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About Toyacoyah Brown

Toyacoyah Brown is an enrolled member of the Comanche Nation, currently living in Chicago. She received her B.A. in Journalism from the University of Oklahoma and an M.A. in Media Studies from the University of Texas at Austin. When she's not scouring the Internet for fun things to share with PowWows.com readers you can find her digging for vinyl in her local record store or curling up with a good book.



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