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EventNative American Dance Presentation
PlaceMitchell Museum of the American Indian
Address3001 Central Street
DetailsVisitors will learn about traditional and contemporary versions of Native American dances from veteran powwow dancers and cultural ambassadors Mark Denning and his daughter, Isabelle, 18, at an all-ages presentation from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, July 11, at the Mitchell Museum of the American Indian, 3001 Central St., Evanston.

The Dennings, who are enrolled members of the Oneida Tribe of Wisconsin, also trace their lineage to Menominee, Mille Lacs Ojibwe, Lenape, Delaware, and Mohican ancestors.

While demonstrating the evolution of various dances, they&rsquo ll also relate the origin stories behind the dance steps and explain the regalia &ndash elaborate, highly personalized ceremonial outfits &ndash worn by Native dancers.

Isabelle Denning will demonstrate versions of the &ldquo jingle dress&rdquo dance, developed by Ojibwe women of the upper Great Lakes region centuries ago.

Mark Denning will focus on early and newer editions of the men&rsquo s &ldquo sneak-up&rdquo dance, inspired by hunting techniques.

He says it&rsquo s interesting to see how these dances have evolved while the music has remained the same.

Audience members will be encouraged to dance, although participation is optional. &ldquo Wear comfortable shoes and clothes,&rdquo Mark Denning says.

The Dennings will also teach visitors a simple step that novices can use at &ldquo intertribal&rdquo powwow dances, when Natives and non-Natives alike are invited into the arena dance circle.

Admission to the dance presentation is $20 for the general public and $15 for Mitchell Museum members, in addition to museum general admission of $5 for adults, $3 for children (ages 1- 17), students (with ID), teachers (with ID), and seniors (age 65+). Museum admission is free for Mitchell Museum members and tribal members. Through Labor Day, admission is also free for active duty members of the U.S. military through the Mitchell&rsquo s participation in the 2013 Blue Star Museums program.

For information, phone (847) 475-1030 or email visitor.services@mitchellmuseum.org. Website: http://www.mitchellmuseum.org.
Start DateThursday, July 11, 2013
Start Time6:00 PM
End Time7:30 PM
Web Addresshttp://www.mitchellmuseum.org

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