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Larry Yazzie

Larry is an actor, two-time World Champion Fancy Dancer, an Eagle Dancer, and is from the Meskwaki Nation in Tama, Iowa. He is the Founder and Artistic Director for Native Pride Productions, Inc. which is based in St. Paul, MN. His repertoire includes performances at the Olympics, The Kennedy Center, and the Smithsonian Institute. Larry has performed all over the world and has won many awards for his dancing. As an international lecturer, dancer, and educator, Larry has earned the reputation for being one of the nation's leading experts on Native American dance. In May 2010, he and his son Jessup were the sole U.S. performers invited for performances and workshops throughout northern France. He founded Native Pride Productions to give back to his community and to the world.

“By sharing life stories through music, dance and storytelling, we nurture meaningful communication among all people.”

Larry’s goal is to share cultural traditions through artist-in-residency workshops, performances, lectures, classroom instruction and theatrical performances enhancing access to diverse, multicultural artists for people of all ages and backgrounds. His warm, enthusiastic spirit truly reflects the beauty of Indigenous people. Following the tradition of his elders, he is giving back, and enriching the lives of all audiences for generations to come.

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Jessup Yazzie

Jessup dances the Men's Northern-style Fancy Dance and has been dancing since he could walk. He is from the Lakota, Meskwaki/Dine (Navajo) Nations and has grown up in the Twin Cities and in South Dakota. Jessup's dancing career started when he won his first trophy in Roseau Canada at the age of 2 and then again at the world's largest Powwow: The Gathering of Nations, held in Albuquerque, New Mexico when he was 3 years old. Jessup has been competing in Powwows ever since and continues to take top honors. Aside from Powwows Jessup has performed in theatres across the nation with acts such as The Kevin Locke Trio, Keith Secola and the Wild Band of Indians, and at the ages of five and six, Jessup toured with ``Spirit the Seventh Fire`` which was Executively Produced by Peter Buffet. In addition to participating in the 2005 and 2013 Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City, Jessup travelled with The Native Pride Dancers to Japan and Jordan in 2006 and 2012, respectively.

“I enjoy helping other people feel good through my dance & inspiring others to be open minded & learn about other cultures.”

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Arlan Whitebreast

Arlan, from the Meskwaki Nation, is a skilled trade employee for the Meskwaki Settlement and lives in Tama, Iowa, with his family. He is a talented Champion Grass Dancer. Arlan an educator, a father, a husband and has had the opportunity to dance with the Native Pride Dancers at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., The Minnesota State Fair, Las Vegas, New York City, and in various schools, universities, festivals, corporate events, and in theatres throughout the country.

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Sheena Cain

Sheena is an Old-Style Jingle dress dancer from the Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwe reservation located in Wisconsin. She was raised in a very traditional manner of the Anishinaabe Nation and practices her culture and has passed the teachings she received from her elders, grandmother and mother to her children. She is a multi-talented performer and model. Sheena is a co-owner of a couple clothing lines and works as an Independent Business Consultant in sales. Her beauty is only surpassed by her gracious generosity as she shares her culture with audiences worldwide.

“[When I dance] I pray for healing for all of those who need it, for those who cannot dance, for those who simply are watching and it uplifts their spirits; this is what inspires me to keep dancing.”

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Joshua Atcheynum

Josh is a Men's Northern Traditional dancer from the First Nations Plains Cree in Sweetgrass, Saskatchewan by way of Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwe of Wisconsin. He is a ledger artist, graphic artist, former DJ and rapper, regalia creator (including bear claw necklaces). Josh's work can be seen in various art galleries around the country. He is the owner of Intertribal Clothing. He and his fiance, Sheena Cain, have also created a clothing line called Lost Voices in collaboration with another company. Their work is a beautiful expression of visual art from our Native American people. Josh is a cultural presenter and has created graphic art and musical production for Native Pride since he has danced with the company performing in Las Vegas and throughout the The West Coast and Midwestern regions of Turtle Island. Josh is committed to sharing our stories with youth and with other cultures in a respectful and traditional manner in order to bring understanding.

Josh’s inspiration has been his mother who had been fighting cancer. She was strong and loved her family very much. Rest in peace, dear lady, and we send out love and prayers to Josh as he takes one year off from dancing to honor his mother.

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Christal Moose

Christal is the Manager of the Native Pride Dancers and Larry Yazzie. She is a member of the Mille lacs Band of Ojibwe and grew up on the Fond du lac Reservation in northern MN. Christal is a vocalist and a photographer. Her work unites people from all walks of life and from many organizations, most recently as a Community Coordinator during the Oyate Okodakiciyapi Series for The Ordway Center of Performing Arts in St. Paul, MN. Christal is also the manager of a Native American radio program entitled, ``Native Roots Radio Presents: ``I'm Awake``.

“Sharing information about our culture brings value to all cultures. If you know where your ancestors immigrated from, you’ll find your own Indigenous land(s) and if you make a connection to that land and your people, you may begin to understand why we feel the way we do about the land that we share:Turtle Island, (USA). We have more in common than we ever realized.”