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

A DNR map of navigable and non-navigable waters are seen on the Kenai Peninsula. (Screenshot)
State unveils maps in effort to ‘unlock’ Alaska waters

The maps are part of an initiative to assert control of state lands.

On Monday, the final day of the May long weekend, Harri Herter from Kamloops takes turns and gives friends thrilling jetski rides on little Shuswap Lake. - Image credit: Rick Koch photo.
Lawsuit challenges Jet Ski use in bay

Coalition of environmental groups says Fish and Game’s process to rescind JetSki ban was illegal

Alaska Gov. Mike Dunleavy speaks during a news conference on Wednesday, May 12, 2021, in Juneau, Alaska, with a number of state legislators around him. Dunleavy discussed a proposed constitutional amendment dealing with the Alaska Permanent Fund and the Permanent Fund dividend. (AP Photo/Becky Bohrer)
Dunleavy proposes new changes to Permanent Fund

The changes are an amendment to updates he proposed earlier this year.

A vial of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine is seen at Central Emergency Services Station 1 on Friday, Dec. 18, 2020, in Soldotna, Alaska. (Ashlyn O’Hara/Peninsula Clarion)
Youth 12-15 years old can now get vaccinated

Borough emergency management is working to assist the Pfizer vaccine rollout efforts to the new eligible population.

Megan Pike, Kenai Watershed Forum’s education specialist and Adopt-A-Stream program coordinator, wades into Soldotna Creek to dig up creek bed samples for a group of Connections Homeschool students to parse through for macroinvertebrate sampling, on Thursday, Nov. 7, 2019, in Soldotna, Alaska. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)
Summer camp registrations open at Kenai Watershed Forum

The forum canceled its summer events last year because of the coronavirus pandemic.

The entrance to the Kenai Courthouse in Kenai, Alaska, photographed on Feb. 26, 2019. (Peninsula Clarion file)
Identity of Alaska Court System hacker still unknown

The system was able to restore email access Tuesday.

U.S. Census Bureau Director Steven Dillingham addresses state and Alaska Native leaders Friday, Jan. 17, 2020, in Anchorage, Alaska. (AP Photo/Mark Thiessen)
State redistricting may take longer this year

State legislative districts are redrawn by a board of five people following the decennial census.

The badge for the Kenai Police Department
Man arrested in break-in at Kenai Central High School

The man, 36-year-old Christopher D. Stroh, allegedly stole miscellaneous items from the school on Sunday.

Most Read