Thunderbird-American Indian Dancers

November 25, 2019
November 26, 2019
November 27, 2019

Native Americans share their traditions with your students through stories, songs and dance as part of a Thanksgiving celebration. This performance helps students to understand & appreciate the culture and contributions of Native–Americans.

Rich in history and wide in appeal, the Thunderbird American Indian Dancers have made a colossal contribution to the efforts to preserve and perpetuate Native American culture. Directed by Louis Mofsie, also known as Green Rainbow from the Hopi Tribe of Arizona and the Winnebago Tribe of Wisconsin, Thunderbird evolved from The Little Eagles, a group in which Mofsie was a member during his teenage years. For over twenty-nine years, Thunderbird has staged performances in almost all fifty states and enthralled both native and non-native audiences with the diverse traditions of America’s indigenous peoples.

Thunderbird’s repertoire includes the traditional Fancy Dance, Old Time Dance and Women’s Dance, as well as a variety of other distinct regional tribal dances.

Through the rhythms and movements of authentic traditional Iroquois dances and songs the Thunderbird American Indian Dancers invite students to discover the rich cultural legacies alive among today’s Native Americans. Students will learn about the clothing, musical instruments and customs of many tribes.


Curriculum Connections: Social Studies, History, Visual Arts, Music, Dance

Performance is presented at the College of Staten Island 2800 Victory Blvd Staten Island NY 10314