Morung Express News
Kisama | December 9
Native Pride Dancers from the United States of America (USA) represented by Siouxsan Robinson and Chokash Nanaiya Owns-Different-Horses performed today at the Hornbill Music Festival at Kisama enthralling audience with their performances. With striking resemblance to the Naga culture evident from elements such as bright and vibrant colours, feathers, beads or necklaces, the style of dance performed was a ‘warrior dance’.
Siouxsan Robinson said that a long time ago, women were not allowed to go to war. “My style of dance is a warrior dance that helps me go to war,” she said. The dancers, who are in the state of Nagaland as well as in India for the first time are accompanied by the Consul General of US Consulate Kolkata, Melinda Pavek and Elizabeth Lee, Director of the American Center Kolkata.
On the sidelines of the performance of the Native Pride Dancers, the US Consul General, Melinda Pavek told a section of the Press that, “Nagaland is an amazing place with amazing people and wonderful natural resources.” Impressed with all the beautiful flowers as one drives along and beautiful smiles of people in her words, she commended “all of the work that is being done to develop the state in a way that is both sustainable and respects the tradition and cultural heritage of the state.”
Terming this as “really meaningful,” she also applauded all the people of Nagaland and further expressed that she enjoyed Naga food as her colleague, Elizabeth Lee did.
Mention may be made here that the Native Pride Dancers perform flamboyant movements passed down by their ancestors through songs and dance and also strive to educate and entertain audiences of all ages throughout the world about the beauty, skill, and majesty of Native American music and dance while creating a moving artistic experience that engages the audience.
They further provide cultural diversity training to promote unity and cultural sensitivity in the workplace and offer curriculum support for physical education history, social studies, physical/behavioural health, and performing arts, etc.