Colorful regalia, pulsating drumming, and fancy footwork are part of the excitement of a Native American powwow. Feel the excitement and experience the artistry of Native Pride Production dancers as they perform flamboyant movements passed down by their ancestors through song and dance. This special Sunday matinee performance will follow the 5th Annual Shining Mountains Film Festival on Friday, December 1, and Saturday, December 2.
“By sharing life stories through music, dance, and storytelling, we nurture meaningful communication among all people.” – Larry Yazzie
Performances by Native Pride Productions are internationally recognized, high-energy shows featuring an innovative blend of modern and traditional Native American dance styles. Performers’ regalia are adorned with vivid assortments of brightly colored ribbons, feathers, beads, and furs – all of which honor their nations’ elders and the legacy of their traditional arts. Native Pride Dancers bring contemporary, yet primal, dance to the stage as they use every muscle and breath to express a rich, cultural heritage.
Larry Yazzie is a Native American (Meskwaki/Dine) and charismatic performing artist and actor. He is the founder and artistic director of Native Pride Productions now based in Jacksonville, Florida. A two-time World Champion Fancy Dancer, Men’s Northern Traditional dancer, and Eagle Dancer, Larry grew up on the Meskwaki Settlement in Tama, Iowa where he learned the traditional ways of his ancestors. Each of these styles of Native American Dance has a unique look and tells a beautiful story through movement and music.
Larry’s notable stage performances include appearances at the Walker Art Center, Ordway Center for the Performing Arts, Cowles Center, Reif Performing Arts Center, the Olympic Games, The Kennedy Center, and the National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, D.C., and New York City.