Collection Title: American Indian Community House collection
Title: The Jones Benally Family
Date: 1997 Aug. 14
Location: Performed in The Cirlce at The American Indian Community House, New York City, on Aug. 14, 1997.
Work Type: Performance., Dance., Traditional Navajo dancing., American Indian dance., Native American performance.
American Indian Community House, producer ; Jones Benally Family Dance Troupe (Navajo), creator ; Curtis Harris (San Carlos Apache), introducer.
Jones Benally Family Dance Troupe (Navajo), performers.
Run-time (hh:mm:ss): 00:59:04
Language: English
Synopsis: The American Indian Community House (AICH) presents the internationally acclaimed Jones Benally Family Dance Troupe (Navajo/Diné). The Mesa, Arizona troupe visited the Community House to perform in its Circle where they presented traditional Navajo and inter-tribal dances to the AICH community. The Jones Benally Family Dance Troupe is led by Jones Benally, a world champion hoop dancer, and includes his three grandchildren, who also perform with their politically driven punk rock band Blackfire. With a repertoire of over two dozen Navajo and Inter-Tribal dances, the Troupe has performed in the United States, Europe, South America and Canada, as well as for many Indian Nations. The American Indian Community House (AICH) is an urban Indian center that services the needs of the Native people living in New York City and welcomes Native visitors to the city. AICH was founded in 1969 and has become a de facto neighborhood serving as a meeting place for the diverse Native community of the New York City area. The Community House offers a variety of services ranging from substance abuse and HIV counseling, to career assistance. It is also home to the only Indian owned and operated art gallery in New York City. The AICHs Performing Arts Department has become an important resource for Native visual and performance artists. Through its programming, performance has become an important educational vehicle, both for the Native and non-Native NY community. The Badger's Corner, initiated in the 1980s, is an education-via-entertainment vehicle for the AICHs visual and performing arts department programs. Taking its name from the Pueblo legend of the four-legged creature who led the Pueblo people out of the underworld after the great flood, the intent of its programming is to inform and challenge people to rethink their concept(s) of Native American people and customs. All performances at AICH are presented under the auspices of the Badgers Corner.
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