MOSH Hosts Larry Yazzie and The Native Pride Dancers

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September 22, 2022

MOSH Hosts Larry Yazzie and The Native Pride Dancers

The Museum of Science & History is thrilled to welcome Native Storyteller and Dancer Larry Yazzie to perform in the Bryan-Gooding Planetarium as part of the Community Cultural Education programming.

Guests will enjoy an evening of beauty, skill, and powerful expression in movement and sound as the group tells the stories of generations of Native American tradition and culture.

About Larry Yazzie:

Yazzie is a Native American (Meskwaki/Dine Tribe) World Champion Fancy Dancer who consistently takes top honors at American Indian powwows in the U.S. and Canada. He has performed all over the world including Russia, Finland, Norway, France, Romania, Brazil, Australia, and Guatemala.

“I started dancing at the age of 7 years old, dancing at our local community powwow known as the Meskwaki Annual Powwow. I’ve been performing for 30 years now traveling all over the world. My artistry brings a lot to me personally – it allows me to share and educate about my beautiful culture. The stories and traditions are passed on through song and dance which is another way for keeping our culture alive.”

About the performance:

“The Men’s Northern Traditional style is one of the oldest styles I’ll be dancing. It tells the story of a hunt or tracking the enemy. My mission for the audience is to take them on a beautiful journey I call ‘Dancing Through Life!’ through song and dance, so they will have a better understanding of our beautiful culture!”

“Fancy dance style regalia is more contemporary with bright colors and flashy ribbons. Also known as the fancy war dance. This style mimics the horse and the energy it presents dancing to a up tempo beat. This regalia is worn with two feather bustles worn on the back top and bottom. For the Eagle dance, I will be using real life-size eagle wings to mimics the flight of the eagle, which signifies prayer and honor.”

Experience a performance in music and movement passed down by Yazzie’s ancestors for centuries!

When: Friday, September 23 from 6 – 8 p.m. in the Bryan-Gooding Planetarium at MOSH.

Tickets are available here.

Community Cultural Education programming at MOSH is part of our ongoing commitment to promoting inclusion, diversity, equity, and accessibility throughout our Northeast Florida communities. MOSH has partnered with many excellent local organizations and individual experts and leaders to design a series of programs intended to bring people from all over Jacksonville together to talk about the challenges and opportunities we must work together for the good of the whole community.

MOSH is grateful for the generosity and support from the Florida Humanities Council, who is sponsoring the entire series of Community Cultural Education programs for 2022-2023.