Thursday, September 18 - 3:30 p.m.

Native Pride Dancers

Feel the beat of the drum, experience the hypnotizing power of dance, and enjoy the rhythm of the music as we share the cultural history, traditions, beliefs, and spiritual importance of Indigenous peoples. The mission of the Native Pride Dancers is to educate, inspire, motivate, and empower diverse communities to bridge cultural gaps through Indigenous traditions. Based in Minnesota, the Native Pride Dancers represent a proud and vibrant tradition for local, national, and international audiences including the 2013 Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, the Kennedy Center, and the Smithsonian Institute.

Larry Yazzie is the founder and Artistic Director for Native Pride Arts, home of the Native Pride Dancers. He is a two-time World Champion Fancy Dancer and member of the Meskwaki Nation from central Iowa. Mr. Yazzie has performed all over the world and has won many awards for his dancing. As an international lecturer, dancer, and educator, he has earned the reputation for being one of the nation's leading experts on Native American dance.

Watch the Native Pride Dancers perform at the Smithsonian in November 2012, courtesy of the National Museum of the American Indian:

 

2014 General Session Presenters

Ed Ehlinger, Commissioner of Health
Native Pride Dancers
Clem Bezold, Institute for Alternative Futures