Part of Earth Day Celebrations on April 9, 2011
(Long Island, N.Y.) Symphony Space and the Adelphi University Performing Arts Center (AU PAC) present Yah-oh-Weh performed by the Thunderbird American Indian Dancers in celebration of Earth Day on Saturday, April, 9, 2011, at 3:00 p.m. in the Concert Hall, 1 South Avenue, Garden City, NY. Plus, a limited number of children will have the opportunity to work hands-on with the Thunderbird American Indian Dancers to experience the magic of their dancing, drumming, regalia, and native artifacts in a Children’s Workshop at 1:00 p.m. Workshop participants that stay for the performance will have the opportunity to perform on stage at 3:00 PM
Yah-oh-Weh, meaning “it is good” in Hopi, is a mesmerizing performance of athleticism, culture, and the joy of human expression with drumming, songs, exquisite dances, and stunning traditional regalia from the peoples of Alaska, the Northwest Coast, the Southwest, the Northeast, and the Great Plains. Some audience favorites include the Hoop Dance and the interactive Feather Dance, a traditional expression of thanksgiving. The children’s workshop is designed for young and curious minds due to the highly colorful, energetic, and informative performance. Yah-oh-Weh tells amazing stories grounded in man’s relationship to nature and love for the earth. The engaging and unexpected performance will delight kids, parents, and the entire family.
Thunderbird American Indian Dancers was founded in 1963 by Louis Mofsie. The company has been integral to the preservation and perpetuation of American Indian culture through national performances highlighting the traditions of American Indian peoples. Thunderbird specializes in the songs and dances of the tribes of the Northwest Coast, Woodlands (Iroquois and Winnebago), Plains (Sioux) and the Southwest (Hopi and Santa Domingo.) The group sponsors a monthly powwow and has produced an album of songs of native people. Louis Mofsie and his troupe have presented numerous guest lectures and dance appearances at colleges, universities, and schools throughout the nation and regularly at the Museum of Natural History, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Theater for the New City, Symphony Space, and the National Museum of the American Indian.
Individual tickets for the 3:00 p.m. performance are $7-$15. The Children’s Workshop costs $10. Tickets for both events are on sale now. To learn more about AU PAC’s 2010-2011 season, please visit aupac.adelphi.edu or call the AU PAC Box Office at (516) 877-4000. For more information on Symphony Space, visit www.symphonyspace.org.
About Adelphi University
Adelphi is a world class, modern university with excellent and highly relevant programs where students prepare for lives of active citizenship and professional careers. Through its schools and programs—The College of Arts and Sciences, Derner Institute of Advanced Psychological Studies, Honors College, Ruth S. Ammon School of Education, University College, and the Schools of Business, Nursing, and Social Work—the co-educational university offers undergraduate and graduate degrees as well as professional and educational programs for adults. Adelphi University currently enrolls nearly 8,000 students from 41 states and 60 foreign countries. With its main campus in Garden City and centers in Manhattan, Hauppauge, and Poughkeepsie, the University chartered in 1896, maintains a commitment to liberal studies in tandem with rigorous professional preparation and active citizenship.