This weekend, Native Pride Dancers will be taking over the stage at the Cowles Center for Dancing Through Life, an evening of performance and storytelling that celebrates Native American traditions. Under the leadership of Larry Yazzie, who wowed audiences with his performance at the Cowles's opening weekend, the production will showcase a number of styles of dance from different tribes and time periods, telling the story behind each as well. Local actor Cochise Anderson will lead the audience through some of the history and myths behind the dances. For instance, the Jingle Dress dance, which will be performed by Jennifer Kappenman, comes from the Anishinaabe people. It's about a sick young girl who is cured when she is taken to the center of the circle to dance and be healed by the drums. Yazzie himself will be performing the Men's Fancy Dance, which he learned from his father, a champion Fancy Dancer in the 1940s and '50s. Yazzie, a champion dancer himself, learned the dance when he was seven years old, and has been touring professionally for the past 20 years.
Oct. 14-15, 8 p.m., 2011