See New York City’s Thunderbird American Indian Dancers perform traditional dance and music FREE at locations in Manhattan and Queens this month. The Thunderbirds represent tribes from the southwest of Arizona to the northwest of New York State, whose performances and workshops support scholarships for Native American students.
Their dancing and drumming is spectacular, as are their hand-made traditional regalia for traditional dances like the Eagle Dance and the Jingle Dance. My personal favorite is the Hoop Dance, in which up to a dozen hoops are manipulated non-stop into fabulous patterns and shapes.
These are family-friendly events – young children are invited to join the dance circle at the end of the performance. The Dance Socials are 7 PM, to 10 PM, including time after the dances to chat with members about their tribes, culture, and the student scholarship program.
The NYC-based group is giving their annual FREE performance, called a Dance Social, on Saturday, January 23rd, at the National Museum of the American Indian, a branch of the Smithsonian, at One Bowling Green, at the northern edge of Battery Park.
The Thunderbird American Indian Dancers also are performing at Flushing Town Hall on Sat. Jan. 16. Get FREE tickets here.
photo courtesy Thunderbird American Indian Dancers