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NATIVE AMERICAN PROGRAMS
"I am amazed at how much our students have learned. They even knew the Indian sign language." — Patricia Perry, Principal, James E. Colgate PS 12Q
"Thunderbird American Indian Dancers did a wonderful job teaching the students how to dance and the importance of the dances." — Ms. Ross and Ms. Perrella, Teachers, PS 12Q
|MUSIC AND DANCE OF THE PLAINS INDIANS
Through the rhythms and movements of Plains Indians music and dance, groups learn the origins of tribal traditions and discuss the history of the Plains Indians. Under the direction of Louis Mofsie, the Thunderbird American Indian Dancers introduce musical instruments, artifacts and clothing of various Plains Indian tribes. Students learn and perform Native American dances and songs. In the lecture demonstration or performance format, Thunderbird’s colorful tribal regalia adds to the vibrancy of their music, dance and storytelling.
Artists: Louis Mofsie and the Thunderbird American Indian Dancers (see Artist Bios)
|MUSIC AND DANCE OF THE IROQUOIS
Placing emphasis on the songs and dances of the Iroquois, participants learn and perform several Native American songs and dances, while exploring the past and the present of the Iroquois nation with Louis Mofsie (Green Rainbow,) and members of the Thunderbird American Indian Dancers. Through stories, discussion, clothing, instruments, other artifacts, and Native American vocabulary added depth is brought to the presentation.
Artists: Louis Mofsie and theThunderbird American Indian Dancers (see Artist Bios)
|NATIVE AMERICAN STORYTELLING
Through songs, dances, and stories, Leaf Arrow Storytellers present interactive workshops/performances featuring coyote tales, creation stories and historic folklore filled with tribal family values. Celebrating the special relationship the Native American people have traditionally had with the natural environment, they give their stories deeper meaning by incorporating authentic artifacts and dances, and share many personal stories and possessions as part of their presentation.
Artists: Joe Cross and Donna Couteau Cross (see Artist Bios)
|NATIVE AMERICAN ART
Native American art is prized around the world for its beauty, power, and imagery. Art provides a window into Native American history and reveals the social, ceremonial, and economic life of the culture. The teaching artist brings these elements to life through visual aids, fact-based questioning, and discussion. Depending upon the time available, the teaching artist will include a hands-on art project. A museum trip to view authentic Native American art and artifacts can be arranged.
Artists: Barbara Barry, Nicole Haroutunian, , Christopher Lea, Misha McGlown, Lance Paladino or Rose Pearlman (see Artist Bios)