Thunderbird Dance Social April 18, 2015


The Thunderbird American Indian Dancers in collaboration with the National Museum of the Finale Thunderbird American Indian Dancers in Concert Pow Wow Jan 2014 at Theater for the New City
American Indian are holding a Dance Social on Saturday, April 18, 2015, from 7 to 10 PM.
This event is at the National Museum of the American Indian, One Bowling Green, in lower Manhattan.  Everyone is welcome to attend and there is no admission charge.
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Louis Mofsie and the Heyna Second Sons singers lead this traditional indoor social dance and get-together.  Everyone is welcome to join in the Native American Dancing, or just to enjoy it as a spectator.  There will also be free door prizes and refreshments.Finale Thunderbird American Indian Dancers in Concert Pow Wow Jan 2014 at Theater for the New City
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Thunderbird American Indian Dancers at Earth Grooves Concert April 25, 2015

Earth Grooves, a concert presented by Clearwater.  In honor of Earth Day, a celebration of nature as expressed by the music and dance of indigenous cultures.  Featuring West African legend, Abdoualye Diabate, New York’s leading Andes ensemble, Aqua Clara, and the world-famous Louis Mofsie does Hopi Thunder dance at TNC.  Hosted by the distinguished composer and conductor David Amram.  Saturday, April 25, 7:00 at St. John’s Episcopal Church, Getty Square, Yonkers.  Tickets, $35; $100 with reserved seating and VIP Reception; $15 for students. Tickets available through

Native Pow Wow Dance Workshop Just for Kids

Ray Two Feathers Leung Eagle Dancematoaka

Saturday March 28


Native Pow Wow Dance Workshop

Just for Kids

Join Storytellers Dancers Singers Matoaka Little Eagle, Ray Two Feathers Leung, Hoop Dancer Marie Poncé for a day of American Indian Fun. Learn Fancy Shawl, Grass Dance, Traditional Style Category Dances featured in many pow wows across the country with The Thunderbird American Indian Dancers

at American Indian Community House, 254 W 29th Street, 2th floor,
New York City
Native American Crafts Sale and Dance Workshops

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2 weeks of free Thunderbird workshops at AICH!!

Saturday March 21
7 – 10 PM

Crafts Sale and Dance Workshops-March 21


Saturday March 28


Native Dance Workshop Especially for Kids

at American Indian Community House, 254 W 29th Street, 2th floor,
New York City
Native American Crafts Sale and Dance Workshops

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

Queens Farm Vendors Lauded in Indian Country Today

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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


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

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…

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