June 15, 2007

Dance like it's 1762

Making history / The Warriors of AniKituhwaThe Warriors of AniKituhwa, a Cherokee dance group, have been making history by recreating Cherokee dances described in 1762, including the War Dance and the Eagle Tail Dance. They are revitalizing Cherokee dance by bringing back other dances from the past, doing research and offering dance workshops for their community. In the past, they have danced at the National Museum of the American Indian, Colonial Williamsburg and at events in North Carolina, Tennessee and Georgia.

"I'm proud of our young men who have taken the initiative to dance traditional Cherokee dances. It's assurance that our people will keep dancing and keep alive our authentic dances," said Marie Junaluska, tribal council member from Painttown and one of the founders of the group.

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