Let the circle be unbroken.
With descendants of the Mohawk, Iroquois, and Cherokee among them, the Thunderbird American Indian Dancers' 30th annual Dance Concert and Pow-wow at the Theater for the New City last February contained two weeks of spirited exchange between the old and new worlds. Traditional Native American forms, presented through music and storytelling, merged with modern music and dance. Among the highlights were performances of the Butterfly Dance, a traditional Hopi dance that gives thanks for the beauty of nature. Together Raymond Two Feathers, a Cherokee, and "Dancing Wolf" Michael Taylor, who is Choctaw and French, performed a Hoop Dance. True to pow-wow form, most dances were performed in a circle, a representation of unity. Audience members at this New York City venue joined in the "round dance," a friendship dance. Proceeds from the annual event go toward a college fund for American Indian students. Three hundred scholarships have been awarded to date. For pow-wows around the country, see www.powwows.com.