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Larry Yazzie, David Pleasant, Dancing Earth & Quetzal Guerrero


photos: Julio Pantoja


Larry Yazzie


photo: Julio Pantoja

Bio

Larry Yazzie (Meskwaki/Dine) is a World Champion Fancy Dancer who consistently takes top honors at American Indian powwows in the United States and Canada. In 1995, he won the World Championship for the Northern Style Fancy Dance. Larry was raised at the Meskwaki Nation’s homeland in Tama, Iowa (USA). At the age of seven he took up Fancy Dancing. The Fancy Dance is beloved for its flamboyant and colorful regalia, as well as for the physical challenge it poses for powwow competition dancers. Creativity and endurance are tested by song after song at an up-beat tempo. Since he was in his early teens, Larry has been competing in the powwow category. As a performer, Larry has toured the United States, Canada, and Europe. In 1994, with the Foxwoods Dance Troupe, he performed in France, Poland, Finland, and Russia at the Goodwill Games in St. Petersburg. With the Discover Native American Dance Troupe, he performed at the 1996 Atlanta Summer Olympic Games. In 1998, he danced in the motion picture Grey Owl with actor Pierce Brosnan. In 1999, he was featured with the Lakota Dance Troupe at the Native American Film Awards in Los Angeles. In 2001 he co-produced an innovative collaboration with Keith Secola and The Wild Band of Indians, combining Native American dance with contemporary native folk, and blues. In 2001 Larry became an original member of the Kevin Locke Trio.

http://www.wku.edu/anthropology/larryyazzie

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David Pleasant


photo: Julio Pantoja

Bio

President and Founder of RiddimAthon!, Inc., David Pleasant is a musical stylist who was raised in the Gullah/Geechee culture of Georgia, namely Sapelo Island, Darien/McIntosh County and Savannah. His work is driven by the wealth of African retention in the mentioned region, as well as the synthesis of that material into a peculiar resource for American culture. As a Fulbright Senior Specialist, he presents international programs on the subject. His work has been featured in theatre, dance and television. Most recently, he was featured in the award winning musical "Crowns", by Regina Taylor. He is interested in the 5th Meeting of Performing Heritage: Contemporary Indigenous and Community – Based Practices as a platform to demonstrate and share the unique and rare expressions of Georgia/South Carolina Sea Islands culture. These expressions include polyrhythm, call & response, pitched hand claps, syncopation, improvisation, concurrent percussion, shout and others which under gird much of American popular music.

http://www.artsforlearning.org/programs.aspx?pid=100

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Dancing Earth


photo: Julio Pantoja

Bio

Dancing Earth is an array of indigenous dance artists who work as a collective under the leadership of Rulan Tangen, striving to embody a unique essence of Indigenous identity and perspective by creation and renewal of artistic and cultural movement rituals. "Ancient and futuristic, our dances are an elemental language of bone and blood memory in motion. We cultivate our individual artistry on behalf of empowerment of all peoples, and create bridges for art and humanity, tradition and experimentation. Through movement, we gather with respect, inspiration and innovation. We create our works with Indigenous collaborators in the fields of music, mask making, photography, costume, light design, architecture, poetry and storytelling". With international performing backgrounds and credits on stage, street and film, choreographer Rulan Tangen is joined by musician/dancer/painter Quetzal Guerrero (Cambiva, Yacqui, Ahumeche), dancer/photographer Anthony Ch-Wl-Tas Collins (Salt river Pima, Seneca, Osage), dancer/actor/painter Alejandro Meraz (Tarasco), and painter/videographer Joaquín Newman.

http://www.dancingearth.org

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Quetzal Guerrero


photo: Julio Pantoja

Bio

Quetzal Guerrero carries the name "precious feather" in the Aztec-Nahuatl language. As a Suzuki trained violinist, he has studied and performed internationally since the age of 5, playing with legends such as Tito Puente, Lalo Guerrero and Jorge Santana. He is an accomplished visual artist and actor who trains with Axe Capoeira. As a champion street dancer with Sourpatch, he has appeared with H.T.Chen and Company of New York and was invited to perform with Mikhail Baryshnikov. He is also a founding dancer at the Earth Dance Theater and awarded in The Naming Ceremony at the University of California, Riverside Red Rhythms Conference. He recently toured Europe with world renowned Osunlade and is currently working in Puerto Rico as a newly signed artist to Yoruba Records.

http://www.qviolin.com

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