The American Indian Dance Theatre returns to the area Tuesday night for a performance at Beasley Performing Arts Coliseum in Pullman.
The popular group performed a year ago at the Opera House in Spokane.
Members of the company represent 16 tribes ranging from the Ute and Navaho to Zuni, Assiniboine, Cree, Comanche, Yakama and Nez Perce.
The dances they perform to authentic American Indian music have roots deep in native cultures and, as with dances from other cultures, are methods of storytelling.
The program includes the Eagle Dance, the Deer Dance, the Buffalo Dance and an Eastern Woodlands Suite of dances that are a compilation of dances from many tribes on the East Coast of North America.
On this tour, the company is debuting the Hoop Dance, performed by Quenton Pipestem. The Hoop Dance is a fast-moving dance during which the dancer manipulates up to 30 hoop reeds at a time to form the shapes of animals, birds and butterflies, showing how all natural things are connected even as they grow.
Members of the company are considered the best of Indian dancers from across North America. Principal dancers are Grass Dancer Lloyd Yellowbird, Fancy Shawl Dancer Bonnie Tomahsah and Fancy Dancers Shawn Yazzie and Morgan Tosee.
While in the area, the company will perform at schools in Pullman, Moscow, Garfield, Palouse, Potlatch, Troy, Lapwai, Deary, Colfax and Tensed.
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MEMO: This sidebar appeared with the story: AMERICAN INDIAn DANCE THEATRE Location and time: Beasley Coliseum, Tuesday, 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $25 (the first 7 rows), $20 and $14; $16 and $10 for students; $12 and $8 for children; available at Beasley, The Depot in Pullman, UI Ticket Express in Moscow, Albertsons in Lewiston and G&B;