Native American Heritage Month

By November 27, 2017Dance Diplomacy

A Different Way to Celebrate Thanksgiving

Rethink what Thanksgiving means to you. It is a great way to show gratitude for your friends and family, but it is also a perfect opportunity to learn about the land that you live on. It is our responsibility to seek the truth about the facts and myths of history.
Maybe it is time for all of us to celebrate Indigenous Peoples’ Day instead of Thanksgiving.

Watch The Real History of Thanksgiving

Maria Tallchief, A Ballerina to be Honored

Born in 1925, Tallchief broke barriers for Native American Women. A member of the Osage Tribe, she danced in the Ballet Russe, New York City Ballet, Paris Opera Ballet and the American Ballet Theatre.
Continually proud of her Osage heritage, she was awarded the National Medal of Arts and is remembered as one of the leading ballerinas of her time.

The Business of Fancydancing: Stories and Poems

by Sherman Alexie

Indian Boy Love Song #1

Everyone I have lost
in the closing of a door
the click of the lock

is not forgotten, they
do not die but remain
within the soft edges
of the earth, the ash

of house fires and cancer
in sin and forgiveness
huddled under old blankets

dreaming their way into
my hands, my heart
closing tight like fists.

-Sherman Alexie