In conjunction with the Oregon is Indian Country exhibit showing through October 27th at Clatsop Community College, the Oregon Historical Society brings the Eagle Spirit Native Dancers for a traditional dance performance and drum circle to Astoria the evening of Friday, October 22nd.
Eagle Spirit is an intertribal, Native American Dance Troupe that consists of both adults and children of Native American cultural heritage. Eagle Spirit Native Dancers combine cultural history and storytelling with live entertainment. Its programs are educational and suitable for all ages. Based in Vancouver, WA, the members of the group are not necessarily from the Nine Federally Recognized Tribes of Oregon, but represent the culture of many Native American peoples.
The evening will begin with a traditional blessing ceremony. Then, in addition to individual dances, the troupe plans to do an educational program with an explanation and history of the different styles of dance, finishing the performance with an audience participation round dance. The heartbeat of the dance troupe is the traditional drum group. Singers perform all the traditional songs and provide the “heartbeat” for our dancers. Because of its high energy, the hour performance will be a full evening’s experience for the performers and the audience.
The Eagle Spirit Native Dancers event will take place on Friday, October 22nd, 2010 at 7:00 p.m. in Clatsop Community College’s Performing Arts Center. The Performing Arts Center is ADA accessible. There is no cost to attend this event; it is free and open to the public.
Clatsop Community College is an affirmative action, equal opportunity institution.
A member of the Eagle Spirit Native Dancers performs. The Native American Dance Troupe will visit Astoria for a one night only performance on Friday, October 22nd at 7:00 p.m. in the CCC Performing Arts Center. Submitted photos.