New at Annual Thunderbird American Indian Dancers in Concert Feb 5-14, 2016 at TNC

 

Thunderbird American Indian Dancers in Concert at

Theater for the New City

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New choreography American Indian Hoop Dance with Michael A. Taylor & Marie Poncé to the music of Rob Mastrani and Louis Mofsie!

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POW-WOW -- Hoop dance in Thunderbird American Indian Dancers' Dance Concert and Pow-Wow, presented by Theater for the New City January 31 to February 9, 2014. Photo by Jonathan Slaff.

POW-WOW — Hoop dance in Thunderbird American Indian Dancers’ Dance Concert and Pow-Wow, presented by Theater for the New City January 31 to February 9, 2014. Photo by Jonathan Slaff.

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February 5, 6, 7 & 12, 13, 14,  2016

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Louis Mofsie, Marie ponce and Michael A. Taylor Native american indiand Hoop Dance for 600 excited spectators.

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…

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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

 

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