Collection Title: American Indian Community House collection
Title: Native America
Alternate Title: Thunderbird American Indian Dancers & Indigenous
Alternate Title: Native America (cable network show)
Alternate Title: Thunderbird American Indian Dancers and Indigenous
Date: 1996 Dec. 6
Location: Recorded at The American Indian Community House, New York City, on Dec. 6, 1996.
Work Type: Performance., Native cable network show., Native rock music., Traditional Native dance., Indigenous performance.
American Indian Community House, producer ; Thunderbird American Indian Dancers, creators ; Indigenous (Native American blues-rock group), creators ; Devorah Hill, videographer, editor.
Indigenous, Thunderbird American Indian Dancers.
Run-time (hh:mm:ss): 00:27:56
Language: English
Synopsis: For several years the American Indian Community House (AICH) produced a cable network show titled 'Native America.' Performances in the Circle at AICH were videotaped, edited, and aired on the Manhattan Neighborhood Network in half hour segments. This episode of 'Native America' contains a performance by members of the Thunderbird American Indian Dancers, the first piece features two female dancers and the second, two male - in both, one dancer does traditional Native dance while the other does improvisational dance. The male dancers are Louis Mofsie (Hopi/Winnebago) and Michael Taylor (Delaware). The episode also features the Native American blues-rock group 'Indigenous,' which consists of three brothers, Mato Nanji (vocals and guitar), Pte (bass), Horse (percussion), and their sister, Wanbdi (drums, vocals). The siblings are members of the Nakota Nation and grew up on the Yankton Indian Reservation in South Dakota.The Thunderbird American Indian Dancers traces its roots back to a group of teenagers called the Little Eagles, which included director Louis Mofsie. Each member had a very distinct and different cultural background and as a group they were determined to first learn and preserve the songs and dances of their own tribes and then to branch out to include those of other tribes. As adults, the Little Eagles transformed themselves into the Thunderbird American Indian Dancers. Today, the Thunderbird's annual powwow, performance, and auction raise critical scholarship money for Indian students. Now over 30 years old, the group brings the beauty of traditional Native American culture to both American Indian and non-Indian audiences. Specializing in a variety of distinct regional tribal dances, their performances are wonderfully presented with narrative stories.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 AICH's 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 1980's, is an education-via-entertainment vehicle for the AICH's 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 Badger's Corner.
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