Rainbow-colored regalia, pulsating drumming and fancy footwork are part of the excitement of a Native American powwow. World Champion Fancy Dancer
Larry Yazzie and the Native Pride Dancers will honor their native American heritage through a song and dance performance on the Des Moines Area Community College (DMACC) Ankeny Campus.
Yazzie, who is a two-time World Champion Fancy Dancer and a member of the Sac and Fox Tribe Meskwaki Nation, is the founder and Artistic Director for Native Pride Arts. He has performed all over the world, including at the Olympics, the Kennedy Center and the Smithsonian Institute. As a lecturer, dancer and educator, Yazzie has earned a reputation for being one of the nation's leading experts on Native American dance.
Native Pride Dancers were featured at the 2008 RAGBRAI?stop in Tama-Toledo. He is seen dancing on North Broadway near the Tama County Courthouse in downtown Toledo.
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The Native Pride Dancers will perform from 11:15 a.m. to noon, Mon., Feb. 11 in the Bldg. #6 Auditorium on the DMACC Ankeny Campus. The event is free and open to the public. The Native Pride Dancers are sponsored by the DMACC Diversity Commission, which plans activities and special events that promote diversity on all six DMACC campuses. The DMACC Ankeny Campus Student Activities Council is also a co-sponsor.
"We respect the drum," said Yazzie. "The drum is the heartbeat of our people. We celebrate today by showcasing our art and education and breaking some of the stereotypes that have been put on us by Hollywood movies."
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