Minnesota Dance and the Ecstasies of Influences

A Survey of Native American Dance in the Twin Cities

A Survey of Native American Dance in the Twin Cities, hosted by Rosy Simas, in conjunction with Oyate Okodakiciyapi – a series of Native contemporary dance events in the Twin Cities, a partnership with the Ordway and Rosy Simas Danse

The public talk highlights the incredible diversity of Native people who live and dance in the Twin Cities along with images provided by the Minnesota Historical Society. Guest speakers include Kate Beane, Athena Cloud, Lumhe Sampson, Simas, Winona Tahdooahnippah, Larry Yazzie, and Sandy WhiteHawk. Opening prayer led by Janice Bad Moccasin. 

This series is curated by Michèle Steinwald for The Cowles Center for Dance & the Performing Arts, in partnership with Judith Brin Ingber, choreographer and writer; Cecily Marcus, curator, and Kathryn Hujda, assistant curator, of the Performing Arts Archives at the University of Minnesota Libraries; Nancy Mason Hauser, videographer, and Linda Shapiro, choreographer and writer, founders of the Minnesota Dance Pioneers Oral History Project. The 2016-17 season’s events are in partnership with the hosts, Ashley Selmer (Sept 25), Maia Maiden (November 6), Rosy Simas (February 26) and Giselle Mejia (June 4).

1:30PM | Free bus ride leaving from Powwow Grounds, 1414 E Franklin Av, Minneapolis
Travel on the bus to the public talk while listening to and sharing stories with coffee shop-Al Gross from Powwow Grounds, special thanks to All My Relations Arts and NACDI •  Native American Community Development Institute. The bus will be departing from Powwow Grounds at 1:30PM to the Cowles Center and returning to Powwow Grounds at 4:30PM. You are welcome to leave directly from the Cowles Center. For more information, contact Jenea Rewertz-Targui, 

Program support provided by The Performing Arts Archives at the University of Minnesota Libraries

Credit: Walter “Porky” White by Deb White circa 1975.

Ordway Event Page


Feb 26
Sun @ 2:00pm