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The North Bend Eagle


Native American dancers to highlight Old Settlers Sunday

by Nathan Arneal
Published 6/22/11

The old settlers of Dodge County came in frequent contact with the Native American tribes of the area. At this year’s Old Settlers celebration in North Bend, people will get a glimpse of the culture that used to dominate the territory now known as Nebraska.

Many Moccasins dancerOne of the Many Moccasins dancers is pictured here. The group got its name from the several different local tribes it represents.

The Many Moccasins Dance Troupe will be performing Sunday, June 26, shortly after 5 p.m. in the city park as part of the 2011 Old Setters Days. The troupe is an ensemble of professional performers who utilize traditional Native American style of dance and incorporate their own unique theatrical twist. The result is a spectacular display of true Native American culture unlike any other. Many Moccasins represents several tribes, each with its own style of moccasin, giving the group its name.

The group is based in Winnebago and have been performing together since 2001. Many Moccasins was founded by Lewis St. Cyr and his mother Therese St. Cyr as an opportunity for all people to view a range of traditional Native American dance styles.

Dances performed include men’s fancy feather dance, women’s fancy shawl dance, and the popular hoop dance. The dance troupe also showcases specialty dances particular to certain tribes, such as the “Fish Dance” or the “Ho-Chunk Appliqué Dance.” After performing professionally for 10 years, the Many Moccasins Dance Troupe performs to large audiences and sold-out crowds across the country.

Preceding the dance group will be musical artist and storyteller Dave Seay at 4 p.m. Like Many Moccasins, he will mix entertainment and eduction during his program titled “Nebraska Territory Stories,” giving listeners an idea of what it was like settling Nebraska before it became a state.

Many Moccasins’ appearance is sponsored by Platte Valley Bank, Birchwood Manor, Havelka Educational Services, Beebe Seed Farm and Minarick Investments, LLC.

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