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Redhouse Dancers Performance
November 14 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pmFree
In honor of Native American Heritage Month, Cochise College is hosting a dance performance by the Redhouse Dancers from Tucson. The group will be performing a collection of traditional Native and inter-tribal dances at the Sierra Vista Campus on the lawn south of the Student Union Building.
The late Rex Redhouse initiated the Redhouse family dance group of the Dine’ Nation in 1969. Along with Rex, the group included his wife, Maria, and their six children. The dancers performed traditional Native American music and dances at schools, conventions, and other venues to educate audiences about Native American culture. Sierra Vista holds special memories for the family as Rex Redhouse was stationed at Fort Huachuca during the 1970’s.
As adults, the Redhouse family members have cultivated a unique musical style, ranging from jazz and blues to traditional Native flute music. They have won several musical recognitions, including Grammy nominations and international awards. Three of the Redhouse children, Larry, Tony, and Vince, are on this year’s Native American Music Awards.
In the spirit of the original dance group, family members will describe the symbolism of the dances, including a hoop dance, an eagle dance, and a friendship dance. By sharing their Native spirituality and musicality, the Redhouse Dancers will enlighten their audience on some of their Native traditions and values.
This year, the dance group will be accompanied by their brother, Tony, who is a visual artist, Grammy-nominated recording artist, inspirational speaker, spiritual teacher, and Hoop and Eagle dancer. He uses Native American art, dance, and music to inspire and heal lives.
Following the performance, Tanya Biami’s Communication class will sponsor activities and crafts for children. All of the above events are free and open to the public.
The college’s cafeteria will be offering a Native American buffet with ingredients for Indian tacos to include soft drinks.
This celebration is sponsored by Tanya Biami’s communications class and the college’s Cultural Events Committee.
For more information, contact Tanya Biami at (520) 515-5316 or firstname.lastname@example.org.