On March 25th, the students at Sibley had the opportunity to see Larry Yazzie perform and share information about Native American dance and traditions. Fourth grade students also participated in a workshop on Native American dance. Larry's visit to Sibley comes as a part of the arts integration project (PAINT) that is being sponsored by the Perpich Center for Arts Education. Larry is a two time World Champion Fancy Dancer and member of The Sac & Fox Tribe of the Mississippi in Iowa/Meskwaki. His repertoire includes performances at the Olympics, The Kennedy Center, and the Smithsonian Institute. Larry has performed all over the world and won many awards for his dancing. As an international lecturer, dancer, and educator, he has earned the reputation for being one of the nation's leading experts on Native American dance.
At the assembly and workshop, Larry shared life stories through music, dance and storytelling, and the students and teachers got the chance to perform some of the Native American dance steps.
Mr. Yazzie's presentation helps break common stereotypes and provides non-native people with a better understanding of the modern native experience. The presentation addressed the Minnesota Arts Standards for our elementary students at Sibley.