Featuring dances, stories and traditional music from the Iroquois and Native Peoples of the Northwest Coast, the Southwest, the Plains, and the Arctic regions, the Thunderbird American Indian Dancers present their Annual Dance Concert and Pow Wow. Between 25 and 30 dancers representing more than 10 distinct tribes will assemble for the event, which has been held annually since 1976.
A Pow Wow is more than just a spectator event: it is a joyous reunion for native peoples nationwide and an opportunity for the non-Indian community to voyage into the philosophy and beauty of Native culture. Traditionally a gathering and sharing of events, Pow Wows have come to include spectacular dance competitions, exhibitions, and enjoyment of traditional foods. Pageantry is an important component of the event, and all participants are elaborately dressed. Most dances are performed in the traditional Circle, which represents a unity of peoples. Throughout the performances, all elements are explained through introductions by the troupe's Director and emcee, Louis Mofsie (Hopi/Winnebago). In the final section of the program, the audience is invited to join in the Round Dance, a friendship dance.
The troupe's appearances benefit college funds for needy Native American students.
Children under 12 must be accompanied by a paying adult.