March 12, 2013

Nevada commercial features Indian dancers

Carson-area American Indian dancers in tourism commercial

By Teri VanceThe Nevada Commission on Tourism was in Carson City during the weekend filming a segment for its latest television commercial, part of its campaign to draw visitors to the state.

The commercial, the first the commission has done in four years, will highlight different aspects of the Silver State.
And:Sunday's segment was filmed along the Carson River in Riverview Park. It featured traditional American Indian dancers—fancy dancers father and son Ben and John Rupert, fancy shawl dancer and Miss Indian Nations Shannon Hooper, and grass dancer Martin Montgomery—dancing to the beat of the Red Hoop Drum Group from Minden.

“People don't always know about the Native Americans in this state,” said Sherry Rupert, director of the Nevada Indian Commission. “That's one of the things we're trying to do in Nevada is tell the story of the Native Americans. We're grateful to the Nevada Commission on Tourism that they see the value in including our culture. We're honored to be able to participate.”
Comment:  For more on powwow dancers, see Circle of Dance at NMAI and Apaches Perform No-Rain Dance.

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