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Dancing Eagles to perform at NSU Nov. 10

Image of Mike Pahsetopah dancing.The Dancing Eagles' Mike Pahsetopah and his family will perform at Northeastern State University Nov. 10 in preparation of the spring powwow at the April 2012 American Indian Symposium.

(Tahlequah, Okla.)--In honor of American Indian Heritage Month, Northeastern State University and its Center for Tribal Studies will host a performance by Dancing Eagles at the W. Roger Webb Educational Technology Center.

The presentation, free and open to the public, is Nov. 10 at 7 p.m. in the auditorium. The Dancing Eagles are Mike and Lisa Pahsetopah and their daughter. The Pahsetopahs perform throughout Oklahoma and are on the artist roster of the Oklahoma Arts Council.

“The Pahsetopahs perform traditional Native American dances,” said Alisa Douglas, administrative assistant for the Center for Tribal Studies. “The Center invited these artists to offer a preview and to raise audience awareness in preparation of the spring powwow at our American Indian symposium.”

NSU hosts the 40th Annual Symposium on the American Indian the week of April 9-14, 2012. The powwow of April 13-14 caps the week’s seminars, events and festivities.

Included with the spectacular Native American dances is traditional storytelling. Performances are structured to entertain as well as to educate. The program will include specialty dances, traditional and social dances, and the individual experience will be enhanced through audience participation. A narrative and explanation of the history, type of dance and clothing, and powwow protocol will illustrate context for the audience.

Specialty dances include old style fancy dance, eagle dance, hoop dance and chicken dance. Lisa performs women’s dance styles such as buckskin, southern cloth, jingle and fancy shawl.

The performance is sponsored by the Oklahoma Arts Council and the NSU American Indian Heritage Committee. For more information contact the Center for Tribal Studies at (918) 444-4350. 

Published: 10/27/2011 2:29:54 PM

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