Great Promise for American Indians
Since 2004, the Great Promise Dancers have performed across the state of Texas with the mission of preserving the traditions, heritage and culture of American Indians. The culturally authentic programs presented by Great Promise are both entertaining and informative. Traditions, stories and history come alive through song and dance. Audiences are introduced to the sights and sounds of the modern day powwow which is still relevant as a disciplined form of artistic and cultural expression. Dance styles and clothing are explained and demonstrated. Narration, live singing and drumming, and audience participation enhance the overall experience. Programs Director and individual artist Nan Blassingame (Cheyenne/Arapaho), an accomplished dancer and craftsperson, is available for craft and dance workshops. Nan also offers educational programs which feature hands-on participation and the sharing of her talents and experiences on a personal level with audiences of all ages. Great Promise programs are flexible and tailored to the needs of the presenter ranging from one artist to a larger group. Presentation size, time length and content can be adapted to fit most events, venues, audiences, and budgets. School and classroom programs compliment TEKS standards for arts, music and social studies.
3710 Cedar St. Box 19
Austin, TX 78705
public performance/concert $500 - $2,500
school performance $300 - $1,500
travel/per diem/lodging $100 - $2,000
Indigenous Cultures Institute
Indigenous Cultures Institute is currently developing the 50-minute children's play "Yana Wana’s Legend of the Bluebonnet," written by Miakan-Garza tribal members, about the Coahuiltecan’s version of how the first bluebonnets came to Texas. Developing the play in 2017-2018 with Dallas Children’s Theater (DCT premiered the play in March 2018), the Institute plans to produce the play independently as its "first-time production” and tour this authentic indigenous work into Central and South Texas cities in 2019. The Institute also represents the following performing artists: Cuicani In Xochitl – a dynamic Aztec dance company with dramatic sound, movement, and colorful regalia; Dr. Mario Garza – elder, accomplished storyteller/flute player lauded by veterans' groups and community audiences as funny and entertaining with both traditional and original "Chato” dog stories; Adrian Villegas – award-winning, Emmy-nominated comedic performer, with his uproariously funny, one-man show Barrio Daze and other works; Emma Ortega – Apache elder storyteller, retired school teacher who is excellent with children audiences and renowned in the powwow circuit; Aaron Pyle – accomplished composer/musician, Native American flute player; and Miltotiliztli Yaoyollohtli – phenomenal Aztec dancers in awe-inspiring, traditional, feathered regalia, who include audience-participants in their dance circle. Photo by Maria Rocha.
PO Box 1414
San Marcos, TX 78667
public performance/concert $500 - $3,000
school performance $100 - $500
travel/per diem/lodging $50 - $750
Elizabeth Kahura is a native of Kenya, Africa. Living in the United States since 1995, she has shared African knowledge with audiences of all ages through the African Safari program. A teacher by profession, Elizabeth educates while at the same time entertaining audiences through storytelling, puppetry, music, language arts, and hands-on art projects. Schools, libraries, museums, and festivals enjoy her inspirational countenance, her displays of African artifacts, and her ability to build a bridge of understanding by demonstrating the similarities between cultures and traditions of Africa and United States. African Safari comprises seven program choices adaptable to all ages. They include: A Day in Africa- highlights geography and culture; Folktales from Africa- highlights stories and poems of Africa; A Jungle Walk- highlights the flora and fauna of Africa; Sound of Africa- highlights story, music, and dance; African Art- highlights carvings, clothing, and instruments; Kwanzaa- a community celebration that highlights TEKS; and Embracing Diversity- workshops for adults. Elizabeth received a 2017 "Mashujaa" (heroes) award in recognition for "Cultural Preservation and Awareness." Photo by Andrew John.
5011 Daymon Court
Hutto, TX 78634
public performance/concert $500 - $2,500
school performance $350 - $2,500
travel/per diem/lodging $0 - $1000
The 2018-2020 touring performances focus on the talented young champions of Texas Folklife's "Big Squeeze" statewide accordion contest, exemplifying the unique musical traditions of Texas: Cajun, zydeco, conjunto/Tejano and polka. Artists included in the current roster: Keyun Dickson & the Zydeco Masters, the Dallas Street Ramblers (Elizabeth Kelly and Donovan Bourque), Nachito Morales & Los Morales Boyz, Luis Gonzales, Mason Nesvadba, and the All Around Czechs (Brandon Hodde and Garrett Neubauer). Touring package includes a screening of "The Big Squeeze" documentary film by esteemed filmmaker Hector Galan. Musician-led master classes and related "Accordion Kings and Queens" photo exhibit celebrating the diversity of Texas accordion music are also available. Project can be scaled to the presenter's budget. Texas Folklife is a statewide organization dedicated to presenting, promoting, and preserving the diverse living heritage of the Lone Star State. As the National Endowment for the Arts-designated folk and traditional arts organization of Texas, they are engaged in projects around the state, including free and low-cost events that attract multi-generational audiences, and hands-on experiences for K-12 grade students and teachers in a variety of art forms. Additionally, Texas Folklife media projects, film and radio documentaries bring national attention to extraordinary Texas talent.
1708 Houston St
Austin, TX 78756
public performance/concert $500 - $7,500
school performance $200 - $2,000
travel/per diem/lodging $100 - $1,500