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Native America: Music and Dances of the Iroquois and Plains Indians

Offerings Education Main 29
  • Culture | Native American
  • Format | Workshop, School Assembly, Cultural Field Trip, After School Program, Community Event
  • Discipline | Music, Dance, Storytelling
  • Level | All Ages, Pre-K to Grade 2, Grades 3 to 5, Grades 6 to 8, Grades 9 to 12

Students learn key concepts, social and cultural values, beliefs, and traditions of Native Americans to better understand how people unite through their values, practices, and traditions. In story, dance, and song, students gain deeper insight into the origins of tribal ceremonies and the relationship of Native Americans to the natural world.

Artists

The Thunderbird American Indian Dancers

The Thunderbird American Indian Dancers, led by Louis Mofsie, 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. Through the rhythms and movements of authentic, traditional dances and songs, students learn the geographical origins of native tribes, and discuss the history of the Iroquois people.