Video: Our Community: Thunderbird Dancers Fios1 Mar 18, 2017, 11:40 am

Video: Our Community: Thunderbird Dancers Fios1 Mar 18, 2017, 11:40 am

Louis Mofsie (Winnebago/Hopi and Director) and Matoaka Eagle (Tewa/ Chickahominy) of Thunderbird American Indian Dancers share thoughts in Fios1 interview. “The history of the Native American people is part of your history, as an American citizen living here in the United States. This is part of your history. “- Louis Mofsie says.  The video shares the importance of preserving Native American history and culture through the songs, dances and stories of this 54 year old dance company… Click below:

http://www.fios1news.com/longisland/push-pause-Community-Thunderbird-Dancers#.WNGLRm_yt0x

 

39th Annual Thunderbird Grand Mid-Summer Pow Wow Flyer: Queens Farm Pow Wow July 2017 (1) 

Thunderbird Dance Social at NMAI (Note: bring a picture ID)

s l. to r. Alan Star Brown, Kitty Gabourel-Mullen, Louis Mofsie, Julian Gabourel, Michael D Taylor, Donna Kolm, Louis Mofsie

Note to Dancers & Visitors: NMAI staff will be checking your picture ID card at the door,
The Thunderbird American Indian Dancers in collaboration with the National Museum of the American Indian are holding a Dance Social on Saturday, April 8, 2017,
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.
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.

For more information about the Dance Social, link to www.nmai.si.ed

Upcoming Event:

July 28-30, 2017 39th Annual Thunderbird Grand Mid-Summer Pow Wow Flyer: Queens Farm Pow Wow July 2017 (1) 

Gabriel Perez, Donna Kolm, Marie Ponce, Michael D. Taylor, Roman Perez, Sandi Capasso, Ray “Two Feathers” Leung, Louis Mofsie

 

Carlos Ponce (Maya) Yaqui Deer Dance with child

Marie Ponce and Michael D. Taylor American Indian Hoop Dance

Thunderbird Dance Social at NMAI April 16, 2016

Saturday, April 16, 2016, from 7 to 10 PM.   Thunderbird American Indian Dancers at TNC Group

The Thunderbird American Indian Dancers in collaboration with the National Museum of the American Indian are holding a Dance Social Saturday, April 16, 2016, from 7 to 10 PM at the National Museum of the American Indian, One Bowling Green, in lower Manhattan.  Shawl TAIDEveryone is welcome to attend and there is no admission charge.

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.

For more information about the Dance Social, link to www.nmai.si.edu.
Print out schedule at: thunderbird-schedule-2015-16-2
Read Article: Indian Country Today                                                                                                                http://www.nmai.si.edu/calendar/
Hoop Dance Michael A Taylor and Marie Ponce

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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