Northern Michigan University's Center for Native American Studies will present a free performance by the Woodland Sky Dance Company on Friday, Nov. 18. The event begins at 7 p.m. in Reynolds Recital Hall. It is part of NMU's Native American Heritage Month celebration taking place in November.
The Woodland Sky Dance Company seeks to educate audiences on Native culture and values through the performance of songs, music and dances. The Woodland Singers from Baraga will accompany the dancers.
“I hope that the NMU and Marquette area communities will take the opportunity to see the different styles of dancing," said April Lindala, director of the NMU Center for Native American Studies. "This is a perfect family friendly event. I guarantee that audience members will be thrilled by the male fancy feather dancers and the hoop dancers. The dancers and singers of this company are lifelong pow wow goers with eye-catching regalia and intricate beadwork. The group has previously performed in Marquette at the 2014 Hiawatha Traditional Music Festival.”
The Woodland Sky Dance Company was established in 2013 and is comprised of Native American Ojibwe, Sioux and Potawatomi dancers from Michigan and Wisconsin. The group showcases multiple men's and women's dance styles, including traditional, fancy, jingle, grass and hoop dance.
For more information about this event and other activities happening during Native American Heritage Month, contact the NMU Center for Native American Studies at 227-1397.