Friday, November 13, 2009

Native American Dance program for the entire Family

Learning about Native American can be fun and exciting. You can experience a sampling of Native American Culture by watching one of the five performances by the Hopi/Choctaw Native American, Derrick Suwaima and Hopi Native American, Ryon Polequaptewa.

Dance and Music with Derrick Suwaima Davis and Ryon Polequaptewa, 11/16/2009, 7p.m., West Charleston
Dance and Music with Derrick Suwaima Davis and Ryon Polequaptewa, 11/17/2009, 1p.m.
West Las Vegas
Dance and Music with Derrick Suwaima Davis and Ryon Polequaptewa, 11/17/2009, 4p.m.
Rainbow
Dance and Music with Derrick Suwaima Davis and Ryon Polequaptewa 11/18/2009, 10a.m.
Clark County

Dance and Music with Derrick Suwaima Davis and Ryon Polequaptewa, 11/18/2009, 1p.m.
Sunrise

Derrick Suwaima Davis is a Native Arizonan, from the Hopi and Choctaw Nations. Suwaima, who began participating in Pow Wows at the age of 3, is a Four Time World Champion Hoop Dancer and Champion Fancy Dancer. In addition to dancing competitively, Suwaima also has many other interests. He serves as the choreographer for, and performs in, the annual Native Song & Dance production at the Scottsdale Center for the Arts. Suwaima also functions as Artistic Director for the Native Trails Tour and Scottsdale Festivals.

For 7 years, he was a member of the pop/rock group “Clan/destine”. Furthermore, Suwaima has worked with The Phoenix Symphony and Canyon Records. In 2002, he was Head Man Dancer at the Inaugural Pow Wow at the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian on the Mall in Washington, DC. (Retrieved November 5, 2009, the Charleston Agency)

Ryon Polequaptewa not only is one of the finest Kachina Doll carvers, but writes, sings, and drums for Blu Thunder, a group of Hopi city dwellers that left their beloved homeland. The Blu Thunder singers have been singing together over a span of 10 years, and the singers never stop thanking The Creator for giving them the gift of singing and guidance in all of their endeavors. Listen to Ryon's Grassdance from the Blu Thunder CD. (Retrieved November 5, 2009, Native American Links)

These two come together to create a fun program that can be seen by the entire family. World famous Hoop Dancer, Derrick Suwaima Davis (Hopi/Choctaw), and singer, Ryon Polequaptewa (Hopi), will present a 30-minute family program of Native American dance, music and storytelling. Watch as Davis uses his hoops to create the shapes of different animals that play a vital role in the circle of life. The duo will discuss the importance of the drum and the playing of shakers, rattles and flutes in Native American culture. At the end of the program, the audience will be invited to perform a Friendship Dance, a cross-cultural dance celebrating life.

Don't miss it!

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