St. Bonaventure University will welcome The Old Bridge Singers & Dancers for a presentation of Haudenosaunee song and dance at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 11, in the Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts.
The Old Bridge Singers & Dancers come from the Ohi:yo', or Allegany, Territory. The program, sponsored by the university’s Damietta Center for Multicultural Student Affairs and the School of Arts and Sciences, is free and open to the public.
The Native American group travels and shares not only the songs and dances of the Haudenosaunee, but Western powwow singing as well. The group is named after three bridges on their territory that were flooded when the Kinzua Dam was built in the 1960s.
During their performance at St. Bonaventure, the group will showcase and share some earth songs, also referred to as social dances. These are songs and dances that the Haudenosaunee — also known as the Iroquois Confederacy — use to have fun and uplift the spirits of the people.
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