Oyate Okodakiciyapi: a unique celebration of Native music and dance

Artwork featured above by Gordon Coons.
Several renowned Native American, Native Hawaiian and First Nations musicians and choreographers will perform this spring in Ordway’s 2016-2017 Target® World Music and Dance season and the 2017 Flint Hills International Children’s Festival. These performances will unite during Oyate Okodakiciyapi (oh-YAH-tay oh-KOH-dah-KEE-chee-yah-pee), an Ordway community engagement series guided by Community Coordinator Christal Moose and an advisory council of Native and Indigenous community members that continually work to promote and practice cultural artistic expression. The concept originated through conversations with several artists including Rosy Simas of Rosy Simas Danse. Community events are produced in partnership with All My Relations Arts and NACDI • Native American Community Development Institute. This work builds on the ongoing efforts of Taking Our Place Centerstage, an initiative through which the Ordway and SoulTouch Productions work in collaboration with communities of color.

The name Oyate Okodakiciyapi, given to us by Gwen Westerman, a Dakota educator and writer on the faculty of Minnesota State University, means “people coming together.” We encourage you to come together with us for an extended celebration of Native music and dance!

For more information about this series including transportation support and special ticket offers, or to request ASL Interpretation or Audio Description, please contact Jenea Rewertz-Targui, Arts Learning Manager, at jrewertztargui@ordway.org or 651.282.3017 | TTY 651.282.3100.

Upcoming Events


 A Survey of Native American Dance in the Twin Cities

presented by The Cowles Center for Dance & the Performing Arts in partnership with Rosy Simas Danse and Ordway*

Feb 26, 2017 | 2 PM – 4 PM
The Cowles Center for Dance & The Performing Arts | 528 Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis
Free, open to all
1:30 PM | Free bus ride leaving from Powwow Grounds | 1414 E Franklin Av, Minneapolis

This public talk highlights the incredible diversity of Native people who live and dance in the Twin Cities with images provided by the Minnesota Historical Society. Guest speakers include Athena Cloud, Lumhe Sampson, Simas, Winona Tahdooahnippah, Sandy WhiteHawk, and Larry Yazzie. Opening prayer led by Janice Bad Moccasin.

Travel on the bus to the public talk while listening to and sharing stories with “Coffee Shop” Al Gross from Powwow Grounds, special thanks to All My Relations Arts and NACDI •  Native American Community Development Institute. The bus will be departing from Powwow Grounds at 1:30 PM to the Cowles Center and returning to Powwow Grounds at 4:30 PM. You are welcome to leave directly from the Cowles Center. For more information, contact Jenea Rewertz-Targui, 651.282.3017.

This series is curated by Michèle Steinwald for The Cowles Center for Dance & the Performing Arts, in partnership with Judith Brin Ingber, choreographer and writer; Cecily Marcus, curator, and Kathryn Hujda, assistant curator, of the Performing Arts Archives at the University of Minnesota Libraries; Nancy Mason Hauser, videographer, and Linda Shapiro, choreographer and writer, founders of the Minnesota Dance Pioneers Oral History Project. Program support provided by The Performing Arts Archives at the University of Minnesota Libraries.

Photo credit: Walter “Porky” White by Deb White circa 1975.


Indigenous Contemporary Dance Workshop with Rulan Tangen

in partnership with Rosy Simas Danse and Two Rivers Gallery

Feb 28, 2017 | 4 –5 PM
Two Rivers Gallery located at the Minneapolis American Indian Center | 1530 E Franklin Ave, Minneapolis
Free, 16+, beginner level
Space is limited, so register today! Call Tommy Sar, Community Engagement Coordinator: 651.282.3060 or tsar@ordway.org

This workshop is led by Rulan Tangen, Founding Director/Choreographer of DANCING EARTH, an internationally recognized company of intertribal contemporary dancers. Rooted in respect for Native worldview and cultural wisdom as shared by her elders and mentors, Rulan Tangen invites class participants to experience a journey into indigenous embodiment.


Welcome Gathering

in partnership with Rosy Simas Danse, All My Relations Arts, NACDI • Native American Community Development Institute, and Two Rivers Gallery

Feb 28, 2017 | 6 PM
Two Rivers Gallery located at the Minneapolis American Indian Center | 1530 E Franklin Ave, Minneapolis
Free, open to all
Catering by Gatherings Cafe will be provided
MC: Deanna StandingCloud

At this event, we will come together to eat and welcome several visiting renowned Native contemporary dancers and artists. The opening blessing will be done by Nancy Bordeaux. This gathering will begin a week of community engagements as part of Oyate Okodakiciyapi: a unique celebration of Native music and dance, including in-school visits, workshops, exhibitions, discussions, and performances.

Highlights include an art exhibition opening reception on FRI, MAR 3  The Harvest Sturdies: Tanya Lukin Linklater at All My Relations Arts in Minneapolis and a public performance on SAT, MAR 4 , Oyate Okodakiciyapi: An Evening of Native Contemporary Dance, co-curated by local Native choreographer, Rosy Simas, at the Ordway in St. Paul showcasing:

Christopher K Morgan And Artists
Presenting Pohaku

Santee Smith And Kaha:Wi Dance Theatre
Presenting NeoIndigenA

Rulan Tangen And Dancing Earth
Presenting SEEDS: RE GENERATION
With participation of local Native artists: Lumhe Sampson, Samsoche Sampson, Janice Bad Moccasin, Thomasina Ziegler, Hollie Ziegler

More info about transportation support and special ticket offers, or to request ASL Interpretation or Audio Description, please contact: Jenea Rewertz-Targui • jrewertztargui@ordway.org


Powwow Boot Camp with Santee Smith

in partnership with Rosy Simas Danse

Wed, Mar 1 | 6:30 – 7:30PM
Drake Room | Ordway Center for the Performing Arts, 345 Washington Street, Saint Paul
Free, 16+, intermediate level
Advanced registration required. Call Tommy Sar, Community Engagement Coordinator: 651.282.3060 or tsar@ordway.org

“Celebrate being alive and be prepared to sweat!”
Ordway is pleased to offer a high-energy Powwow/dance training class led by Kaha:wi Dance Theatre (KDT)’s Artistic Director Santee Smith. This is an intensive as well as fun boot camp style workout for people interested in maximizing their physical fitness. Participants will learn or practice skills in Indigenous dance forms of Powwow and Onkehon:we (Iroquois) social dances. These dances are performed in combination with exciting and challenging cardiovascular/physical conditioning exercises, contemporary dance, as well as incorporating the Muscle and Bone system.


The Harvest Studies: Tanya Lukin Linklater

presented by All My Relations Arts in partnership with Rosy Simas Danse and Ordway*

Mar 3, 2017 | Opening Reception 6-8 PM
All My Relations Gallery | 1414 Franklin Avenue East, Minneapolis
Free, open to all

Tanya Lukin Linklater’s performance collaborations, videos, photographs and installations have been exhibited nationally and internationally. She is compelled by relationships between bodies, histories, poetry, pedagogy, Indigenous conceptual spaces (languages), and institutions.

Tanya Linklater Lukin’s visual art installation on view: March 3 – April 7, 2017
Donations of $5-$10 are not necessary but encouraged

Contact: Taylor Rose Payer, Director of Arts and Cultural Engagement Native American Community Development Institute tpayer@nacdi.org or 612.284.1102.


A Night with NACDI: Indigenous Foods and Arts

presented by NACDI • Native American Community Development Institute in partnership with Ordway

Mar 4, 2017 | 4 – 9:30 PM
All Nations Church | 1515 E 23rd St, Minneapolis
Free, open to all
Catering by The Sioux Chef will be provided

Enjoy dinner by The Sioux Chef while engaging in a talk about the Indigenous food movement. Hosted by Robert Lilligren, president and CEO of NACDI.

At 5:30 PM, free transportation to and from Oyate Okodakiciyapi: An Evening of Native Contemporary Dance at the Ordway will be provided. The Storytelling Bus will feature “Coffee Shop” Al Gross from Powwow Grounds.

The event is free, but registration required. RSVP with Taylor Rose Payer, Director of Arts and Cultural Engagement Native American Community Development Institute tpayer@nacdi.org or 612.284.1102.

Donations of $5 are not necessary but encouraged.


Oyate Okodakiciyapi: An Evening of Native Contemporary Dance

co-curated with Rosy Simas*

Mar 4, 2017
Ordway Center for the Performing Arts | 345 Washnigton Street, Saint Paul
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5:30 PM | Free bus ride leaving All Nations Church | 1515 E 23rd St, Minneapolis (see more details above)

Art Exhibition: Gathering of Contemporary Indigenous Artists

6:30 – 10 PM | Marzitelli Foyer

Experience the inspiring work of visual artists in a unique exhibition curated by Gordon Coons (Ojibwa/Ottawa) in the Ordway lobbies.  Themes explored through the art will connect with Native American and Indigenous identity and the content of each performance in the series. The Art Exhibition is free admission for those who purchase tickets to the evening performance. To inquire about a private tour, contact: Jenea Rewertz-Targui, jrewertztargui@ordway.org or 651.282.3017.

Featured artists: Camille A. Lacapa (Hopi-Tewa/Ojibway) acrylic paintings; Cole Jacobson (Lakota), acrylic paintings, quill works, mixed media;  Chholing Taha (Cree) acrylic paintings on paper;  Gordon Coons (Ojibwa/Ottawa) acrylic and oil paintings; Gwen Westerman (Lakota), quilts; and Joseph Allen (Lakota) photos on metal.

Ordway Pre-Show Extra

6:30 PM | Marzitelli Foyer

Arrive early to hear Zoë Klein, Artistic Director/Performer at Paradizo Dance based in San Francisco, California, and Tanya Lukin Linklater, a multi-media artist based in northern Ontario, Canada, explore defining culture in contemporary terms in a discussion moderated by Rosy Simas in the Marzitelli Foyer.

Oyate Okodakiciyapi: An Evening of Native Contemporary Dance Performance

7:30 PM | Music Theater

Continuing our focus on the artistry and culture of Native people, we are proud to present a showcase of Native contemporary dance companies called Oyate Okodakiciyapi, which means “people coming together” in the Dakota language. This thrilling evening of dance, co-curated with locally-based choreographer, Rosy Simas, will feature solo works by native Hawaiian Christopher K. Morgan, and Santee Smith from the Mohawk Nation. We’ll also be treated to a new work by Dancing Earth, an indigenous, intertribal dance ensemble. The opening blessing will be done by Sharon Day.

Post-Show Party

Post-show | Marzitelli Foyer

Stick around following the performance for a Talk-back and post-show party in the Marzitelli Foyer for a Q&A with Dancing Earth, Christopher K Morgan, Santee Smith, Rosy Simas and company members, including cash bar!


Round Table Discussion: An artist to artist talk with Indigenous choreographers from Turtle Island

in partnership with Rosy Simas Danse, The Cowles Center for Dance & the Performing Arts, All My Relations Arts*

Left to right: Tanya Lukin Linklater, Christopher K. Morgan, Maura Garcia, Rulan Tangen, and Zoë Klein. Not pictured: Sam Mitchell and Rosy Simas.
Left to right: Tanya Lukin Linklater, Christopher K. Morgan, Maura Garcia, Rulan Tangen, and Zoë Klein. Not pictured: Sam Mitchell and Rosy Simas.

Mar 5, 2017 | 11:30 AM – 1:30 PM
The Cowles Center for Dance & The Performing Arts, Target Education Studio on the 2nd floor | 528 Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis
Free, open to all
Light refreshments

With: Tanya Lukin Linklater, Christopher K. Morgan, Maura Garcia, Rulan Tangen, Zoë Klein, Sam Mitchell and Rosy Simas

Oyate Okodakiciyapi means “people coming together” in the Dakota language.

Rosy Simas has invited these Indigenous choreographers to dialogue with each other on creating and presenting their dance work. The discussion will touch on current work, aesthetics, challenges, methods, audiences, community engagement, and plans for the future.
* engagements part of a larger Twin Cities Festival of Native Contemporary Dance/Art organized by Rosy Simas Danse


IndigenousIndigenous

Apr 21, 2017
Ordway EXTRA pre-show 6:30 PM | Performance 7:30 PM
Ordway Center for the Performing Arts | 345 Washington Street, Saint Paul

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Free bus rides to the Ordway | Check back for schedule and locations soon!

Rounding out our focus on Native artists for the Target® World Music & Dance series is the powerhouse blues-rock band, Indigenous. Led by front man Mato Nanji from the Yankton Sioux Reservation in South Dakota, Indigenous is influenced by the music of Stevie Ray Vaughan, Jimi Hendrix, and Carlos Santana.

Their latest album, “Time is Coming” is dedicated to the indigenous youth and all young people on the indigenous reservations.


Native Pride Dancers present: Ketti Nimiko!

Part of Flint Hills International Children’s Festival, presented by Ordway

June 3, 2017 | 10:00 AM & 12:00 PM
June 4, 2017 | 12:00 PM
Ordway Center for the Performing Arts | 345 Washington Street, Saint Paul
$8.00 Tickets
Free bus rides to the Ordway | Check back for schedule and locations soon!

Ketti Nimiko! When translated from the Meskwaki language means to “Dance Hard!” Watch as members of Native Pride Dancers and special guests take the stage and present the Eagle dance, Traditional Men’s Dance, Jingle Dress Dance, Grass Dance, Meskwaki Applique, Fancy Shawl Dance, and Fancy Dance. They will educate, inspire, motivate, and empower our diverse audience to bridge cultural gaps through Indigenous traditions: music, dance, and stories!


Check back regularly for an updated listing of artistic and cultural happenings, including exhibitions, conversations, and workshops at the Ordway and in the community.

Leadership

Community Coordinator
Christal Moose

Community Advisors
Rosy Simas
Sharon Day
Janice Badmoccasin
Missy Whiteman
Taylor Payer
Deanna StandingCloud
Georgia Larsen
Isabella Lablanc
Gordon Coons
Comanche Fairbanks
Heid Erdrich

Community Events Produced in Collaboration With

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