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Native American Celebration held at CCU

November 9, 2010

Coastal Carolina Universitys Native American Celebration will feature noted speaker and performer Larry Yazzie at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 10 in the Recital Hall of the Thomas W. and Robin W. Edwards College of Humanities and Fine Arts. The event is free and open to the public.

Yazzie, of the Meskwaki Nation and the Native Pride Dancers, will perform ancestral dances including the buffalo, eagle and round dance, which celebrates various animals, crops, the sun and the wind. Yazzie will also perform sacred songs from the Northern Plains with vocal and flute music.

The purpose of the program is to enhance awareness and share insights into Native American culture.

Yazzie is an international lecturer, educator, performer and a World Champion Fancy Dancer. He was raised on the Meskwaki Indian Settlement in Central Iowa and began dancing at 7 years old. Throughout his childhood, Yazzie was taught the traditions of the Meskwaki People, including the flamboyant and energetic fancy dance with colorful regalia and the Northern Plains style of singing. He consistently takes top honors at American Indian powwows throughout the United States and Canada.

For more information, call Ebony Bowden, coordinator of diversity programs, at 843-349-2792.