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Wednesday, 3.23.22

Wednesday, 3.23.22

Meet Larry Yazzie, the headliner:

Larry Yazzie is a Native American (Meskwaki/Dine) and charismatic performing artist, actor, and Men’s Fancy Dancer, Men’s Northern Style Traditional dancer, and an Eagle Dancer. He is also the founder of the Native Pride Dancers of Native Pride Productions based in St. Paul, MN.

Each of these styles of Native American Dance has a unique look and tells a beautiful story through movement and music. Larry shares stories and teaches about traditional Native American dance styles and contemporary styles of dance mixed with traditional Native American and mainstream music during his solo performances and Native Pride Dancers’ performances.

Larry Yazzie is a member of the Meskwaki Nation in Central Iowa where he is a proud and respected member of the community. He is a two-time world champion fancy dancer (Schemitzun Powwow) and has been awarded top honors at powwows across the United States and Canada. Dancing from age seven, Larry began competing as a Fancy Dancer at Native American Powwows in his early teens.

Larry has taken Powwow Dance to the Performing Arts Stage and has performed as a solo dancer or within a full troupe production that he directs. It is Larry’s mission to educate, motivate, and inspire his audiences and bridge communities through his music, stories, and dance. He is committed to giving back to the world the many blessings he has received through his dancing.

Larry’s notable stage repeat performances include appearances at the Walker Art Center, Ordway Performing Arts Center, Cowles Center, Reif Performing Arts Center, the Olympic Games, The Kennedy Center, and the National Museum of the American Indian in Washington DC and New York City.

His versatility is also exemplified by invitations to accompany several modern rock and pop bands including Dirtwire and Portugal the Man on stage as a featured artist and special guest. Most recently, Larry received recognition from Billboard Magazine for his performance with Dirtwire at the Gem & Jam Festival in Tucson, Arizona.

His most current film work includes Django (series: post-production), The Canyonlands (2021), Ghost Warrior (2021), Coyotaje (2018), Lapham Rising (postproduction), Kid West (2017), and No Blood of Mine (2017).

Larry Yazzie is a Native American (Meskwaki/Dine) and charismatic performing artist, actor, and Men’s Fancy Dancer, Men’s Northern Style Traditional dancer, and an Eagle Dancer. He is also the founder of the Native Pride Dancers of Native Pride Productions based in St. Paul, MN.

Each of these styles of Native American Dance has a unique look and tells a beautiful story through movement and music. Larry shares stories and teaches about traditional Native American dance styles and contemporary styles of dance mixed with traditional Native American and mainstream music during his solo performances and Native Pride Dancers’ performances.

Larry Yazzie is a member of the Meskwaki Nation in Central Iowa where he is a proud and respected member of the community. He is a two-time world champion fancy dancer (Schemitzun Powwow) and has been awarded top honors at powwows across the United States and Canada. Dancing from age seven, Larry began competing as a Fancy Dancer at Native American Powwows in his early teens.

Larry has taken Powwow Dance to the Performing Arts Stage and has performed as a solo dancer or within a full troupe production that he directs. It is Larry’s mission to educate, motivate, and inspire his audiences and bridge communities through his music, stories, and dance. He is committed to giving back to the world the many blessings he has received through his dancing.

Larry YazzieLarry’s notable stage repeat performances include appearances at the Walker Art Center, Ordway Performing Arts Center, Cowles Center, Reif Performing Arts Center, the Olympic Games, The Kennedy Center, and the National Museum of the American Indian in Washington DC and New York City.

His versatility is also exemplified by invitations to accompany several modern rock and pop bands including Dirtwire and Portugal the Man on stage as a featured artist and special guest. Most recently, Larry received recognition from Billboard Magazine for his performance with Dirtwire at the Gem & Jam Festival in Tucson, Arizona.

His most current film work includes Django (series: post-production), The Canyonlands (2021), Ghost Warrior (2021), Coyotaje (2018), Lapham Rising (postproduction), Kid West (2017), and No Blood of Mine (2017).

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Every month at the Santa Fe Playhouse, two Santa Fe non-profit organizations come together to give you a monthly showcase of local, regional, and national indigenous performing talent.

Curated by Goiyo Perez, Performing Arts Coordinator of SWAIA. This program is a monthly installation, on the last Monday of the month on the stage of the Santa Fe Playhouse.

Every installation will focus on a different Indigenous performing artist be they musicians, dancers, poets etc. We hope to pair the performing art with a lobby installation featuring a visual artist.

A collaboration between Santa Fe Playhouse and SWAIA, who happen to share a birth year of 1922!

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