Native Americans powwow at Hornbill Music Festival
KOHIMA — In a first, a cross-cultural exchange between the Native Americans and the Nagas was held on the penultimate day of the 10-day Hornbill Festival at Kisama, on Saturday.
Siouxsan Robinson and Chokash Nanaiya Owns-Different-Horses from Native Pride Dancers, United States of America, performed at the Hornbill Music Festival, the debut performance of the Native Pride Dancers in India.
Later on the stage, the duo along with the Consul General at the US Consulate General, Kolkata, Melinda Pavek; Director of American Centre, Kolkata, Elizabeth Lee; other artistes and officials from Nagaland performed a unity dance.
On their first trip to Nagaland and Hornbill Festival, Robinson and Nanaiya shared that it was really “nice” experience and that they have “enjoyed” the landscape, except for a bit of the winter chill.
In her message, Consul General Pavek said that Nagaland is an amazing place with amazing people and wonderful natural resources.
“As you drive along, you see beautiful flowers, beautiful smiles and people. And all of the work that had been done to develop the state in a way that is both sustainable and respects the cultural heritage is very meaningful,” she said.
Lee, who came to the festival with the US Ambassador to India, Eric Garcetti a week ago, also shared that the Hornbill Festival is one of the most exciting festivals in India. She further appreciated the hospitality and kindness of the people.
Based in Jacksonville, Florida, the Native Pride Dancers perform locally, regionally, nationally and internationally, with a mission to educate, inspire, motivate and empower diverse communities to bridge cultural gaps through Indigenous traditions.
Colorful regalia, pulsating drums and fancy footwork are part of the excitement of a Native American powwow.
They strive to educate and entertain audiences of all ages throughout the world about the beauty, skill and majesty of Native American music and dance, while creating a moving artistic experience that engages the audience.