Great Promise for American Indians
***Artists covered by this listing are Aili Bass, Robert Bass, Bear Claw Drum, Bill Bellinghausen, Blassingame Family Dancers, Gabe Bullock and sons, Angela Butler, Butler Family Dancers, Irwin DeLuna, J. Santford Duncan, Eagle Point Singers, Lee Francis, Howard Griffin, Ryan Harjo, William Harjo, Julia Nava, Calvin Osife family, Ursula Pike, Scissortail Drum, Brody Screaming Eagle, Josh and Shannon Smith, and Eugene Thompson.*** Great Promise represents artists from many American Indian cultures. Multiple disciplines include drum groups, native singing, dance, and storytelling. Offerings include lecture-demonstrations, performances, and exhibits of native arts/crafts. The artists of Great Promise come from all parts of the state. Each artist is knowledgeable about the traditions in their area of expertise and is pleased to share their rich heritage with audiences. Programs are tailored to the needs of the presenter, and can range from one artist to a larger group. Whenever possible, artists living in closest proximity will fulfill performance requests, containing travel expense. Touring offerings include the following: Powwow style drum group with the traditional styles of dance, explained and demonstrated, with audiences included in the dance; storytellers and poets share myths, stories, and more, (ideal for classrooms and libraries); manual and visual arts are demonstrated by traditional and modern artists,with techniques discussed in art classes); histories and traditions are presented in an entertaining and imaginative manner (TEKS aligned). Residencies of one to three days are available.
3710 Cedar #10
Austin, TX 78705
public performance/concert $750 - $2500
school performance $300 - $1500
optional service student workshops $150 - $300
optional service youth/elder retreat $1000 - $2500
Indigenous Cultures Institute
***Artists covered by this listing are Mark Standing Eagle Baez, Cuicani In Xochitl, Dr. Mario Garza, Grupo Pakal, Michael Heralda, Kathy Lynn & Joe Copeland, Emma Ortega, Aaron Pyle, and Ramon Juan Vasquez, Miltotiliztli Yaoyollohtli.*** Indigenous Cultures Institute (ICI) offers a variety of Native American performers including storytellers; flute players; powwow dancers; Aztec and Mayan traditional dancers; visual artists who work with indigenous materials, symbols, and concepts for educational experiences; and traditional singers. ICI offers demonstrations and workshops on Native arts and crafts, comedic performers on Native issues, and unique indigenous poetry. ICI artists are amazing, professional, inspiring Native American performers of the highest caliber. Touring artists include individual Native American storytellers, traditional singers, flute players, and visual artists, all of whom can also provide workshops on these topics. Performers dress in traditional Native regalia and describe the significance of their garb. Dance companies representing Aztec and Mayan culture, and powwow dancers are frequently requested by promoters.
600 Boulder Bluff
San Marcos, TX 78666
public performance/concert $100 - $3000
school performance $50 - $500
Elizabeth Kahura is a native of Kenya, Africa. Living in the United States since 1995, she has shared the African beat 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 other venues 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 her current home in the United States. African Safari includes 7 program choices adaptable to all ages. They include: A Day in Africa- highlights geography, culture, and lifestyle; Folktales from Africa- highlights stories, poems, and proverbs of Africa; A Jungle Walk- highlights the flora and fauna of Africa; The Rhythm of Africa- highlights story, music, and dance; African Art- highlights carvings, clothing, and instruments; Kwanza- a community celebration that highlights TEKS; and Embracing Diversity- workshops for adults.
5011 Daymon Court
Hutto, TX 78634
public performance/concert $300 - $1200
school performance $300 - $1200
optional service optional libraries $250 - $350
optional service optional service workshops $300 - $1500
Lannaya West African Drum & Dance Ensemble
Austin-based Lannaya West African Drum & Dance Ensemble is a 13-member troupe of talented drummers and dancers, all trained in traditional drum/dance from West Africa to the Caribbean. Multicultural and dynamic, Lannaya performs intricate and intoxicating dances to rhythms of the African Diaspora. Live drumming drives gesture, music, audience participation, history, and folkore to encourage audiences to move! Lannaya has performed at Austin’s Paramount Theatre, One World Theatre, and the Levitt Pavilion for the Arts in Arlington, as well as many outdoor festivals, including Austin City Limits, First Night, Austin New Year, F1-FanFest, Violet Crown Festival, and the Waco Cultural Arts Fest. "The Rhythm of West Africa" features performance on traditional West African drums, vibrantly costumed dancers, a brief history of instruments, and call/response songs in SuSu (a Guinea language). The program can be tailored per presenter, and complements TEKS standards by introducing music vocabulary, authentic instruments, and dance. Mini-ensemble performances feature selected repertoire. Suitable for small/large audiences and diverse facilities. Lannaya also offers interactive instructional workshops in dance and drum technique incorporated in classroom, family, and other group activities.
PO Box 40577
Austin, TX 78704
public performance/concert $3300 - $5700
school performance $750 - $2500
optional service mini-performance $1500 - $3300