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October 22, 1996
CONTACT: Leslie Rice

Lakota Sioux Indian Dance Theatre Performs at Hopkins

The Lakota Sioux Dance Theatre, a 15-member Native American dance troupe will celebrate the beauty of a culture often overlooked Tuesday, Nov. 12, at 8 p.m. in Shriver Hall at The Johns Hopkins University's Homewood campus at 3400 N. Charles St. in Baltimore. The performance is part of CultureFest '96: "The World within Our Reach," an annual festival of discussion, dance, demonstration and celebration of the many cultures that make up the Hopkins community. CultureFest '96 begins Nov. 7.

The Lakota Sioux Dance Theater will perform Cokata Upo! (Come to the Center!) in three parts: birth, death and rebirth of a nation. The program includes the grass, jingle dress, fancy, traditional, horse, buffalo, eagle, round and inter-tribal dances, juxtaposed with dance interpretations of the Lakota warrior tradition. The dances are performed against a backdrop of spectacular video imagery and traditional, sacred, and courting songs.

The dance troupe was founded on the Rosebud Sioux Reservation of South Dakota in 1978 with the support of traditional elders, healers and cultural leaders as a way to preserve and rekindle the Lakota culture for future generations. The performers look to the Waken (sacred) nature of the animal nations to redefine and assert their cultural identity and to ultimately seek a harmonious balance with the environment and with all nations around the world. The performance is infused with a sense of unity and the message that people, earth and spirit world are one, which in Lakota is called Metakuye Ovasin (all my relatives).

Tickets to the program are $8 general admission and $5 for Hopkins students. For ticket information, call (410) 516-8209.

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