Thunderbird Crafts Sale and Dance Workshops at the New AICH 254 W 29th St 2nd fl

Saturday March 21, 2015
7 – 10 PM

Crafts Sale and Dance Workshops

at the new American Indian Community House address: 254 West 29th Street, 2nd floor,
New York City
Native American Crafts Sale and Dance Workshops

http://www.aich.org

Queens Farm Vendors Lauded in Indian Country Today

  
Cliff Matais
A display of some of the art work by the Gomez family which they create and sell at pow wows across the country.

Native About New York: A Pow Wow in Queens, Complete With Farm Animals

8/4/14

It was about 3 p.m., and everyone and everything seemed to be melting simultaneously at the 36th Annual Thunderbird American Indian Mid-Summer Pow Wow in Queens, New York. Children cared little for play, and parents, armed with umbrellas and water and blankets for the ground, looked defeated by the sweltering heat.

At the other end of the dirt-grass pow wow grounds kneeled a woman by a semi-naked tree. She was in the middle of a weaving demonstration – stitching, thread-by-thread, periodically yanking like crazy on the threads connected to a rope lassoed to the trunk. A small crowd had gathered around her, stealing the spotlight from the bopping dancers, each on the brink of heatstroke. The woman, Miriam Gomez, is Mayan and traveled to Queens from Guatemala with her husband, Erickson, and son, Erickson Jr., to sell their ware, which included clothing, beadwork and little Mayan trinkets patrons would poke and massage with their greasy sunblock fingers.

Erikson holding his first ever, fully-beaded vest. (Cliff Matias)
Erikson holding his first ever, fully-beaded vest. (Cliff Matias)

“She’s making aguipi,” Erikson said. “It’s a Mayan blouse. This one will take five to six months to complete.”

Just on the other side of the tree, Erikson Jr. was busy winding yarn around a lock of a woman’s hair. “Hair wrapping” Erikson called it. Other women had congregated near Erikson Jr., pretending to shop at nearby vendors, so as to jump at the chance of being next.Erickson, portly and with a pleasant disposition, explained that he and his family travel to the U.S. every year on visa about this time to sell their work at pow wows; then it’s back to Guatemala until the next pow wow season. They’ll travel all over the east coast before it’s time to return home again where they continue in their trade, named Mayan Weaving…..Read More

Explore Dance The Thunderbirds Mark 40 Years at Theater for the New City

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The Thunderbirds Mark 40 Years at Theater for the New City

by Bonnie Rosenstock
January 7, 2015

Theater for the New City
155 First Avenue
New York, NY 10003
(212) 254-1109

One of New York’s anticipated annual winter traditions is the Thunderbird American Indian Dancers Dance Concert and Pow-Wow, which has taken place at the Theater for the New City (TNC) for the last forty years. It not only affords non-Indians the opportunity to learn about Native American culture first-hand, but it is also an important event for Native Americans.

In modern times “pow-wow” has come to mean a place for Native People to gather, dance, sing and strengthen their cultural traditions and ties. “We are so happy we can still do it and that Native People still come and appreciate what we’re doing,” said Thunderbird co-founder and artistic director Louis Mofsie in a phone interview. Mofsie, who also acts as emcee and occasional dancer, added, “People in New York City are happy we’ve included some of their dances.”

Mofsie explained that the Big Apple is home to the largest number of Native People from different tribes across the country. “New York City is unique in that regard,” he said. “It’s not true anywhere else—for example, New Mexico is 99 percent Navajo.” According to the 2010 census, over 112,000 American Indians and Alaska Natives are living in the New York City Tri-State area, stated the American Indian Community House (AICH) website. The Brooklyn-born Mofsi, who is half Hopi (father from Arizona) and half Winnebago (mother from Nebraska)—they met in New York—is also one of the founding members of AICH, located at 254 West 29th Street where the troupe rehearses. “It’s not just the dances with Thunderbird; it’s the whole idea of a community center in New York which is an important place for different activities and helps people who come to the city from different reservations,” he said.

Thunderbird is the oldest resident Native American dance company in New York. The group consists of around 25 members, including a dozen dancers from distinct tribes. Some have been with the group since its founding 52 years ago, in 1963 (the same year AICH was founded), by ten Native American men and women New Yorkers who descended from Mohawk, Hopi, Winnebago and San Blas tribes—they were first generation not born on a reservation. Current members range in age from 15 to 78, with Mofsie the eldest. Since its founding, the company has been all-volunteer.

The program consists of dances and dance competitions, stories and traditional music and food of the Iroquois and Native Peoples from the Northeast, Southwest and Great Plains regions. Native crafts and jewelry will be sold in the TNC lobby. Highlights include storytelling by Matoka Eagle (Santo Domingo, Tewa), a Hoop Dance by Marie Ponce (Cherokee), an Eagle Dance from the Hopi tribe by Raymond Two Feathers (Cherokee)        More…

NYC on the Cheap: Take the kids: discount tickets from $1

Feb042015

 

discount tickets for kidsTake the kids to one of these special theater, dance and concert performances, at discount prices starting at just $1 for kids and $10 for the grown-ups they bring along:

Sesame Street Live: Make a New Friend:  At Madison Square Garden, tickets $12 for choice of dates this month.

Thunderbird American Indian Dancers: Their 40th annual concert of traditional music, dance and storytelling continues through Sunday on the Lower East Side.  The Thunderbirds are a NYC-based group of Native Americans living in NYC and the Tri-State area. Tickets are $10 for adults, $1 for children. More…

 

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Carlos Ponce-Eagle Feather (Mayan) performs a men’s traditional war dance in Thunderbird American Indian Dancers’ Dance Concert and Pow-Wow, presented by Theater for the New City.

New York’s Thunderbird American Dancers Dance Concert and Pow Wow to Celebrate 40 Years

12/30/14

NEW YORK — Theater for the New City, 155 First Avenue, NYC will present its 40th annual Thunderbird American Dancers Dance Concert and Pow Wow from January 30 to February 8, 2015. There will be dances, stories and traditional music from the Iroquois and Native Peoples of the Northeast, Southwest and Great Plains regions. The event has become a treasured New York tradition for celebrating our diversity by honoring the culture of our first Americans.

A pow wow is more than just a spectator event: it is a joyous reunion for native peoples nationwide, and an opportunity for the non-Indian community to voyage into the philosophy and beauty of Native culture. Traditionally a gathering and sharing of events, pow wows have come to include spectacular dance competitions, exhibitions, and enjoyment of traditional foods.

Highlights will include storytelling by Matoka Eagle (Santo Domingo, Tewa), a Hoop Dance by Marie Ponce (Cherokee), an Eagle Dance from the Hopi Tribe by Raymond Two Feathers (Cherokee),More..

 

Read more athttp://indiancountrytodaymedianetwork.com/2014/12/30/new-yorks-thunderbird-american-dancers-dance-concert-and-pow-wow-celebrate-40-years

 

Thunderbirds Concert at TNC in NY Times, NY 1 & NYC-Arts!

Arts and Leisure                              Get Tickets

Thunderbird American Indian Dancers

In 1963, 10 Native American men and women founded the Thunderbird American Indian Dancers to preserve the performance traditions of their heritage. The troupe’s annual concert, celebrating its 40th anniversary this year, features songs and dances of the Iroquois, Pueblo and many other tribes. More

Thunderbirds TNC 2014
Theater for the New City -
Feb 1, 2014
by Solomon Mendelsohn
Thunderbird American Indian Dancers at Theater for the New City. Photos taken at the adult show Saturday night, February 1, 2014, by Jonathan Slaff, and at the children’s show Sunday, February 2, 2014, by Lee Wexler.
Here is a link to New York Channel 13’s episode of NYC-Arts for 1/22/15.  About 23 minutes, 40 seconds into the show is a short announcement, with videos, for this year’s Theater for the New City performance:

Here’s the link to the Thunderbird TNC publicity running on NY1 TV.  It’s the first item on the short clip.  http://www.ny1.com/nyc/queens/parenting/2015/01/23/parenting–where-to-go-1-23-15.html

 

40th Annual Concert at TNC: Thunderbird American Indian Dancers

The Thunderbird American Indian Dancers are presenting their 40th annual concert of music, dance and storytelling at the Theater for the New City.   
 

The Thunderbirds perform authentic dances of the Iroquois, Pueblo and Great Plains Native American peoples.  

Finale Thunderbird American Indian Dancers in Concert Pow Wow Jan 2014 at Theater for the New City

Finale Thunderbird American Indian Dancers in Concert Pow Wow Jan 2014 at Theater for the New City

 
Shows are on Fridays, January 30 and February 6, and Saturdays,January 31 and February 7 at 8 PM, with tickets prices of $10. 
Special matinee performances for children are on Saturdays and Sundays,  January 31 and February 1,  7 and 8 at 3 PM,
with tickets for children under 12 only one dollar (children must be accompanied by an adult paying the regular $10 price). 
 
All performances are at the Theater for the New City, 155 First Avenue at East 10th Street in Manhattan.  Phone (212) 254-1109 or go to www.TheaterForTheNewCity.net for tickets.

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