The Thunderbird American Indian Dancers – the oldest resident Native American dance company in New York – will perform and hold a family-friendly workshop at Flushing Town Hall on Saturday, January 16, 2016.
Under the direction of Louis Mofsie (Hopi & Winnebago tribes), the Thunderbird American Indian Dancers was founded more than 52 years ago by a group of ten Native American men and women, all New Yorkers, who were descended from Mohawk, Hopi, Winnebago and San Blas tribes. They founded the troupe to keep alive the traditions, songs and dances they had learned from their parents.
Within three or four years, they were traveling throughout the United States, expanding and sharing their repertoire and gleaning new dances on the reservations. Members of the Thunderbirds range in professions from teachers to hospital patient advocates, tree surgeons and computer engineers who share a commitment to raising scholarships for young American Indian students.
At Flushing Town Hall, performers will use the traditional movements, clothing, and instruments of the Iroquois, Northeast Woodlands and Southwest tribes and the Great Plains people. Tickets are on sale now at www.flushingtownhall.org.