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Dance and Song Groups to Perform at Native American Festival

Two groups will perform at the fourth annual Native American Festival, hosted by IUP's Native American Awareness Council, on Saturday, November 13, 2010, starting at noon in the HUB Delaware Room.

  • Bill Crouse and the Allegany River Indian Dancers will perform at 1:00 and 3:00 p.m.

    The group specializes in Iroquois social dance presentations from the Northeastern Woodlands. The performers are well known for their intertribal Powwow-style dances, such as the hoop dance. One highlight of their program is the "Smoke Dance." Bill Crouse is a member of the Seneca Nation and a member of the Hawk Clan, whom he represents as a faith keeper of the Coldspring Longhouse of the Allegany Indian Reservation in New York.

  • Kathy Johnston and the Drums of Native Sisters will perform at noon and 2:00 p.m.

    The group's seven female members have special relationships with each other and with their chosen instrument. Hailing from different points in Southwestern Pennsylvania, these mothers, daughters, and friends come together to express their various Native American cultures through the common tradition of song. It is a tradition they will share with the IUP and Indiana area communities on Saturday. This is the second year the group will take part in the annual festival, combining vocals in English and native tongues with the synchronized beat of their drums.

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