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Middlesex County Offers Program of Traditional American Indian Dance

TheThunderbird American Indian Dancers are an inter-tribal ensemble who preserve and perpetuate the songs and dances of their community.  Credits: Middlesex County Office of Culture and Heritage

MIDDLESEX COUNTY  Join us as the Middlesex County Office of Culture and Heritage and the Folklife Program for New Jersey welcome the Thunderbird American Indian Dancers for a colorful and lively performance of traditional dance and music, representing tribal groups found throughout the United States.

This free event will take place on Friday, February 26 at 7 p.m. at the Crossroads Theatre located at 7 Livingston Avenue in New Brunswick.

Known for their dedication to the preservation and cross-cultural understanding of Native American cultures, the Thunderbird American Indian Dancers are an inter-tribal ensemble who preserve and perpetuate the songs and dances of their community. Since 1963, the dancers and their Artistic Director, Louis Mofsie, have presented dances and songs which reflect the variety of American Indian cultures, regions and traditions from the Iroquois to the Inuit.

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“This looks to be another great cultural showcase for music and dance from the Office of Culture and Heritage,” said Middlesex County Freeholder Director Ronald G. Rios. “I admire the wide range of tribal cultures the Thunderbird Dancers have incorporated into the program, and I’m sure the event will enlighten its audiences about the traditions of some of our earliest American cultures.”

“Groups like the Thunderbird American Indian Dancers show a great dedication to preserving the ways of the past while still making them relevant to the present,” said Freeholder Kenneth Armwood, Chair of the County’s Business Development and Education Committee.

This is a free program, but registration is required. To register, please call 732-745-4489.

Persons with hearing disabilities may dial 732-745-3888 (TTY users only) or 711, the New Jersey Relay System. In case of inclement weather, call 732-296-8966.

Crossroads Theatre is an accessible site.  An Assistive Listening System will be in use during the program. An American SignLanguage Interpreter can be provided with a two-week advance request.

Use of the Crossroads Theatre facility was made possible through the generosity of Johnson & Johnson and the New Brunswick Cultural Center Inc.

Funding for this program is provided in part by the Middlesex County Board of Chosen Freeholders, the Folklife Program for New Jersey, and the New Jersey State Council on the Arts / Department of State, a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts.

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