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Teaching about Native American Traditions through Dance

Larry Yazzie gracefully entered the room at the Smithsonian Museum in Washington DC wearing an intricate outfit adorned with beautiful plumage with bright colors. He smiled gracefully at the audience and started telling stories, playing music, and introducing other members of his group. His passion for music, dance and teaching was evident and natural.

Larry Yazzie is a member of the Fox and Wolf Clan of the Meskwaki Nation in Iowa.  He inspires and teaches people around the world through music and dance. He started doing this thanks to Kevin Locke, a flutist and dancer who inspired Larry to want to do the same.  Larry’s dream is to educate people around the world about his culture and traditions through dance and arts, especially the youth.  He wants to share his culture and beliefs to show the world that Native American culture and traditions are alive and existent.

His dream is to continue traveling the world–he recently returned from Jordan and wants to go back to South America, Middle East and Europe.

Learn more about the Native Pride Arts and the work Larry does. His repertoire includes performances at the Olympics, The Kennedy Center, and the Smithsonian Institute. Larry has performed all over the world and won many awards for his dancing. Larry is always looking for opportunities to dance, play music, and share more about Native American traditions and culture.

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Photos by: Neal Piper

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