Hoop Dances are the finale of every Yellow Bird performance. (Courtesy photo)

Hoop Dances are the finale of every Yellow Bird performance. (Courtesy photo)

Kenaitze to host indigenous dance group Saturday

The Kenaitze Indian Tribe will welcome an internationally known indigenous dance group this Saturday as part of the Native Youth Olympics Invitational.

At 7 p.m. Saturday night, the Renee C. Henderson Auditorium at Kenai Central High School will be filled with dance and more. Tickets will be sold at the door for $15 and will support the Kenaitze Indian Tribe’s Yaghjanen Youth Program.

Yellow Bird Productions, a family dance company based in Arizona, specializes in cultural presentations celebrating the spirit of the American Indian while focusing on family strength. The performance will include traditional and contemporary dances and storytelling. The Kenai Central High School drum line will also be performing. The performance ends with hoop dancers.

Dancers will be bringing extra hoops to encourage audience participation.

“Whatever part of the world you’re from, you have culture, and culture simply means family, and family traditions,” said Yellow Bird Productions Director Ken Duncan in a press release. “What did you do when you were gathered as a family, to celebrate the important parts of your life”

Duncan said that listening to Elders, parents and others in the community, allows for the transfer and sharing of knowledge, both as an individual and a community.

The Saturday night show is part of the larger Native Youth Olympics Invitational and the annual Peninsula Winter Games. The Invitational kicks off on Friday night at 7 p.m., with competition beginning at 8:30 a.m. on Jan. 19 and 9:30 a.m. on Jan. 20.

Reach Kat Sorensen at ksorensen@peninsulaclarion.com.

More in News

Signs protesting the annexation petition proposed by the City of Soldotna are seen along the Kenai Spur Highway, in Soldotna, on Tuesday, Oct. 21. (Photo by Brian Mazurek/Peninsula Clarion)
Annexation decision could go to voters

Boundary commission opens 7-day comment period on whether or not to send annexation to ballot box

COVID-19. (Image via CDC)
State reports more than 200 new cases, again

DHSS announced 215 new COVID-19 cases in Alaska on Wednesday.

Emergency worker Melanie Chavez takes a COVID-19 test sample at the Juneau International Airport screening site on Monday, Oct. 12, 2020. The City and Borough of Juneau raised its health alert level Tuesday as the number of cases grows locally and statewide. (Peter Segall / Juneau Empire)
Increase in COVID cases could overwhelm hospitals, experts warn

Mask now so businesses stay open later, they say.

This graphic shows the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District risk levels associated with different numbers of new COVID-19 cases. (Image courtesy Kenai Peninsula Borough School District)
With COVID cases rising, district focusing on flexibility

Central, eastern and southern peninsula schools are now all at high-risk levels.

Alyse Galvin (courtesy photo)
Election 2020: A conversation with Alyse Galvin

Galvin is challening Rep. Don Young for Alaska’s seat in the U.S. House of Representatives.

COVID-19.
11 new cases on the peninsula, borough’s positivity rate passes 7%

DHSS announced 200 new COVID-19 cases in Alaska on Monday.

A screenshot from the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District’s COVID-19 dashboard shows current case trends and threat levels as of Monday, Oct. 19, 2020. (Screenshot courtesy Kenai Peninsula Borough School District)
Southern peninsula schools go to remote learning after increase in COVID-19 cases

Increase in COVID-19 cases pushes Southern Kenai Peninsula into high-risk category

The sign outside Soldotna City Hall is seen here on July 16, 2020. (Photo by Brian Mazurek/Peninsula Clarion)
Soldotna’s disaster declaration extended to Dec. 31

The resolution originally extended the declaration by 90 days.

A biker leads a line of cars driving off the Homer Spit at about 1:30 p.m. Monday, in Homer after a tsunami evacuation order was issued for low-lying areas in Homer. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer New)
Large quake prompts tsunami warning

A tsunami warning was issued at about 12:55 p.m. for low-lying areas in Homer and Kachemak Bay.

Most Read