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Immokalee Boys & Girls Club welcomes Native Pride Dancers

IMMOKALEE — The Immokalee Boys & Girls Club welcomed the Native Pride Dancers to the Immokalee reservation April 18 where founder and artistic director Larry Yazzie shared his talent, skills and enthusiasm for dance with the kids.

After a day of programs at Immokalee High School and the Boy & Girls Club of Collier County, Yazzie performed in the gym for they eager young audience. A two-time world champion fancy dancer and member of the Meskwaki Nation in Tama, Iowa, Yazzie engaged the kids with his dance and taught them a few steps.

Immokalee High School student Ezekiel Roberts was moved by the music and got up on his feet.

“It was my second time dancing today,” said Ezekiel, 17, who enjoys attending Tribal Fair and Pow Wow in Hollywood every year. “I’m not a dancer, but I like to get out there.”

The Native Pride Dancers travel the world to educate groups of all ages about the beauty and skill of Native American dance. The troupe has performed at the Olympics, Kennedy Center, Smithsonian Institution, Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade and at U.S. Embassies around the world.

After the day in Immokalee, Native Pride Dancers were scheduled to perform at Marjorie Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland. They planned to do a healing dance, a smudging and prayers at the school.

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Beverly Bidney
Beverly Bidney has been a reporter and photographer for The Seminole Tribune since 2012. During her career, she has worked at various newspapers around the country including the Muskogee Phoenix in Oklahoma, Miami Herald, Associated Press, USA Today and other publications nationwide. A NAJA award winning journalist, she has covered just about everything over the years and is an advocate for a strong press. Contact her at beverlybidney@semtribe.com.

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