Dancers from the Native American Community Academy, who helped make last weekend’s grand opening of Red Feather an unforgettable celebration, will be performing through the spring in Old Town Albuquerque. All performances will be from 1 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. in the Old Town Plaza Park. The dates are:
- April 1st
- April 15th
- April 22nd (Earth Day)
- May 6th
- May 20
- May 27th
About the dancers:
This is the 5th year that the NACA Pow-wow Club has been in existence under the administration of Duta Flying Earth. This year Marc Maritn-Keka, school intern and community volunteer, is teaching the students about the difference dance styles, history of the dances, and working individually with students to enhance their dancing skills. Duta Flying Earth teaches the drum group the songs and proper protocol of being around the drum.
The club picked up after going into all of the 6th grade health and wellness classes in October and November to teach about Pow-wow Lifestyle. The Pow-wow Club Dance/Singing Practice Nights began in November every Wednesday nights from 4-5:30pm. We have had a big interest with 20-30 students that take part in the pow-wow club each week.
This year Marc Martin-Keka is creating a NACA Drum and Dance Troupe which has already booked several events to present their pow-wow song and dance skills. We have at least one dancer to represent each pow-wow dance style and 8-10 singers.
In February and March the NACA Drum Group was asked to perform at the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center and Hotel Albuquerque. The NACA Drum and Dance Troupe has been asked to perform for the UNM Graduate Conference in April.
As the end of the year activity we are planning on have the student participate in an over night trip to the Socorro Mother’s Day Pow-wow. This will allow the students to participate in a pow-wow to the fullest.
We are currently taking donations of supplies, materials, beads, feathers, and old outfits that are not being used. Please drop off any donations to the front office care of NACA Pow-wow Club.
Goal for this year: 1. Teach the history of pow-wows and dance styles 2. Create the NACA Drum and Dance Troupe 3. Organize annual end of the year Pow-wow
The group is open to all community members. If you would like to check us out come on Wednesday from 4-5:30pm. Thank you for your support! We are also on Facebook – look up – Native American Community Academy Drum and Dance Troupe for more information, events, and messages.