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  • Title: Native America: Thunderbird American Indian Dancers and Indigenous
  • Duration: 00:27:56
  • Language: English
  • Date: 6 Dec 1996
  • Location: Recorded at The American Indian Community House, New York City.
  • Type-Format: performance
  • Cast: Indigenous, Thunderbird American Indian Dancers.
  • Credits: American Indian Community House, producer ; Thunderbird American Indian Dancers, creators ; Indigenous (Native American blues-rock group), creators ; Devorah Hill, videographer, editor.

Native America: Thunderbird American Indian Dancers and Indigenous

For several years the American Indian Community House (AICH) produced a cable network show titled Native America. Performances in the Circle at AICH were videotaped, edited, and aired on the Manhattan Neighborhood Network in half hour segments.

This episode of Native America contains a performance by members of the Thunderbird American Indian Dancers, the first piece features two female dancers and the second, two male -- in both one dancer does traditional Native dance while the other does improvisational dance. The male dancers are Louis Mofsie (Hopi/Winnebago) and Michael Taylor (Delaware). The episode also features the Native American blues-rock group "Indigenous," which consists of three brothers, Mato Nanji (vocals and guitar), Pte (bass), Horse (percussion), and their sister, Wanbdi (drums, vocals). The siblings are members of the Nakota Nation and grew up on the Yankton Indian Reservation in South Dakota. The Thunderbird American Indian Dancers traces its roots back to a group of teenagers called the Little Eagles, which included director Louis Mofsie. Each member had a very distinct and different cultural background and as a group they were determined to first learn and preserve the songs and dances of their own tribes and then to branch out to include those of other tribes. As adults, the Little Eagles transformed themselves into the Thunderbird American Indian Dancers. Today, the Thunderbird's annual powwow, performance, and auction raise critical scholarship money for Indian students. Now over 30 years old, the group brings the beauty of traditional Native American culture to both American Indian and non-Indian audiences. Specializing in a variety of distinct regional tribal dances, their performances are wonderfully presented with narrative stories.