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Cokata Upo! “Come To The Center” Director Associate Director HENRY SMITH RON GOOD EAGLE


Traditional Flute Singers EDMOND NEVAQUAYA, GERIMIAH HOLY BULL, GERIMIAH HOLY BULL ADRIAN CROSS, EDMOND NEVAQUAYA Lakota Theme and Soundtracks Video Projections C. BUCKLAND, A. SPINELLI, R. KOHN SOLARIS LAKOTA PROJECT ARCHIVES DANCERS Jocy Bird, Isaiah Bob. Adrian Cross, Gerimiah Holy Bull, Edmond Tate Nevaquaya, Annamae One Star Pushetonequa, Wayne Pushetonequa, Buck Spotted Tail, Jessie Spotted Tail For more information on the Lakota Sioux Indian Dance Theatre, its educational and performance programs, or to order the original award-winning video documentaries and performance works made for Public Television, please contact:

Management & Bookings: MCM Artists – Tom Gallant, Pres. POB 825, Highland, NY 12528 645.691.4960 | e-mail: or

SOLARIS 2100 Chestnut St., Philadelphia, PA 19103 tel/fax 215.563.8108 | e-mail: |

Cokata Upo! is a creation of the Lakota Sioux Indian Dance Theatre, produced by SOLARIS © 2004. All Rights Reserved.

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This presentation is supported by the Performing Arts Fund, a program of Arts Midwest funded by the National Endowment for the Arts, with additional contributions from General Mills Foundation, and Land O’Lakes Foundation. Additional support provided by Wisconsin Arts Board with funds from the State of Wisconsin and the National Endowment for the Arts.



Part I - Birth of a Nation: Creation Story Sunrise Ceremony: Grass Flattening Dance Invocation: Prayer Song Flute: Morning Star Song Gourd Dance Flags of the Four Directions Stomp Dance Women’s Fancy Team Dance Buffalo Dance Flute Song - Kahomine Inter-Tribal Dance - Intermission Part II - Death and Rebirth of a Nation Grand Entry Horse Dance Sneak Up Dance Women’s Jingle Team Dance Men’s Fancy Dance Shield and Spear Dance Women’s Traditional Dance Victory Dance The Vision Eagle Dance Hoop Dance Grass Dance Grand Exit This SOLARIS/LAKOTA Production is made possible in part by grants and gifts from The Truland Foundation, Con Edison, AACS Direct Solutions, LLC Web Hosting & Design , the Leo Model and Hoyt Foundations, Shockley Foundation; and also K.C. Ahamad, E.J. Carr, Dana Carvey, Barbara Craig, Janet Nyhart, the Chase Family, Clifford Boardman, Dana Egan, Priscilla Ferrater, Dr. Gardezi, Diana Edmonds, Dee Green, T. Monk Gustavson, Buzz Hannum, John Hadfield, John Holt, Michael Gretz, Anne and Larry Hess, P. Kelch, John Kralovec, Wallace Heidelmark, Betty Hess, Bernard Kwan, Toby and Susan Levy, Zachary Model, Guy Nouri, Charles Ogelsby, Mary Ortner, Dr. John Owens, Anjali and Dharmesh Pandit, Jay Petty, Cyndi Reeves, Rosey Sheik, Gil Scutti, Edgar Shockley, Dr. Jay Seward, Peter Shelton, Robert E. Smith, Howard Terpning, Janeth Thoron and Barry White. Lakota Sioux Indian Dance Theatre | Overture Center 3

LAKOTA SIOUX INDIAN DANCE THEATRE The Lakota Sioux Indian Dance Theatre has educated, entertained and enlightened audiences all over the world for more than three decades. The company communicates the powerful messages and resonance of dance and song in Plains Indian Society — at the center of living history and oral tradition in American Indian society. “Cokata Upo!” celebrates the culture of the Lakota people; and features narratives, creation stories, original video imagery and more than twenty traditional and sacred songs and dances. It is the story of the birth, death and rebirth of a nation. Solaris/Lakota Dance Theatre began with the support of traditional Lakota Indian educators, healers, community leaders, championship powwow dancers, singers and storytellers; and its signature work allows the opportunity for people of all ages to experience the holistic worldview of the Lakota Sioux through performance, educational outreach, and original broadcast television programs. Founded

in 1978 on the Rosebud Reservation, South Dakota, the company includes some of the most highly acclaimed Championship performers of the Sioux Nation and is under the direction of noted choreographer Henry Smith. The company has appeared frequently at the Kennedy Center, and was featured in the opening festivities for the National Museum of the American Indian, The Millenium Celebration Times Square 2000, at universities, cultural centers and in reservation and casino settings throughout the US; toured West Africa under the auspices of the State Department in the 1980s; and performs regularly in New York City. Lakota Sioux Indian Dance Theatre toured Greece as part of the Cultural Olympiad, performing at the Kalamata Dance Festival and at the Hellenic Festival, which took place at the Herodion Theatre in the Acropolis, and has completed extensive cultural exchange tours to Alaska and Hawaii the past two seasons.

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COMPANY BIOS HENRY SMITH, Founder/Artistic Director of SOLARIS Dance/Theatre & Video and Lakota Indian Dance Theatre, New York, is a pioneering force in the fusion of dance, theatre, mind-body fitness and martial arts. Smith was co-producer of a Bollywood film entitled Dil Sachcha Chehra Jootha (Who Is An Orphan?); and he has initiated several unprecedented cross-cultural dance-theatre and broadcast TV collaborations from the Lakota Nation to West Africa, Japan and India, which have resulted in a number of awardwinning performance and documentary programs for Public TV. As a performer, “A Man Called Smith” has been dubbed “New York City’s Warrior Prince” and “Le Phenomene de Paris.” He has produced the celebrated Chhau Dancers from India in New York City at World Music Institute and was co-Artistic Director for The Way of The Warrior, a martial & performing arts production held at Sadler’s Wells Theatre in London. An adopted member of the Lakota Sioux, brother Buddhist monk of the Shaolin Monastery,

Smith Sensei is the creator of the KI BREATHING Urban Workout, and holds a Shihan/Sixth Degree Master Instructor’s Black Belt in Aikido from Japan HQ.. An All-Ivy football player and Thouron Fellow, he is a graduate of the Wharton School, UPENN, and has an M.Sc from Edinburgh University (Scotland). JOCY BIRD is an enrolled member of the Three Affiliated Tribes (Mandan, Hidatsa, Arikara) from Ft. Berthold, ND, as well as Dakota Sioux from Sisseton, SD. She has been performing Fancy Shawl Dance since she was able to walk and is an all-round dancer, who comes from a family of artists and performers. Jocy’s performances have given her the opportunity to travel the world; and she has previously performed with SPIRIT “The Seventh Fire,” American Indian Dance Theatre and the Native Pride Dancers. Members of her family have been an integral part of the Lakota Indian Dance Theatre for generations.

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COMPANY BIOS ADRIAN CROSS, singer, is a Plains Cree Indian from Frog Lake in Alberta, Canada. He is a song composer and lead singer for The Perfect Storm Singers. Having grown up with singers from the time he was little, Adrian performs nationally and internationally with Native and non-Native fusion groups. He recently completed an IMAX film score, shot in the Mojavi Desert. GERIMIAH HOLY BULL, Maya Slecaska (White Coyote) is an international World Champion Fancy Feather Dancer, having won all the major competitions - e.g., United Tribes in Bismarck, ND, Schemitzun in CT, and recently at the Veterans’ Powwow in Sisseton-Wahpeton, SD. He is an enrolled member of the Cheyenne River Sioux tribe in Eagle Butte, SD, and an artist who creates his own traditional beadwork and regalia. Additionally, Gerimiah is a champion singer with Eyabay, Buffalo Lake, Midnight Express and Iron Boy.

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EDMOND TATE NEVAQUAYA, Comanche/Choctaw, is a champion singer/dancer and award-winning graphic artist known for his studies of American Indian culture, values and life ways. He began playing the flute at the age of 13; and his multifaceted talents have taken him often throughout the USA and Europe. He has performed with the Native American Dance Theater, as well as with the late Jim Pepper, and was a featured artist at the Summer Olympic Games in Atlanta. Edmond recently completed a new flute album, which includes landmark performances by his late father, Doc Tate Nevaquaya as well as his three brothers – entitled Doc Tate Nevaquaya Sons: Legend Legacy. Early on, he learned to respect and recognize traditional indigenous art, and began painting professionally in 1995. His works are held in several museums, galleries and by private collectors throughout North America.

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COMPANY BIOS ANNAMAE ONE STAR PUSHETONEQUA is an Oglala/ Sicangu Lakota from the Rosebud Sioux Tribe, who presently resides in Tama, IA. Her Indian name, Ta Shunka ‘Ota Win, translates as “Woman With Many Horses.” Annamae is a champion Jingle Dress Dancer, as well as an accomplished artist who designs and creates dance outfits for other dancers. A graduate of the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe, NM, Annamae is the daughter of Lloyd One Star, Sr., one of the founders of the Lakota Indian Dance Theatre. WAYNE PUSHETONEQUA is an enrolled member of the Meskwaki Nation and a champion Grass Dancer. He is also an accomplished singer and founder of the acclaimed Red Earth Singers. A graduate of both the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe, NM and the Minneapolis College of Art and Design, Wayne lives on the Meskwaki Indian Settlement with his wife Annamae.

BUCK SPOTTED TAIL, Sinte Gleska, started dancing at age six. He is a champion Traditional and Grass Dancer who travels the powwow circuit; and also competes as a team roper on the rodeo circuit. A Sicangu/Oglala Lakotas, he also volunteers in Marian One Star’s soup kitchen for the hungry and homeless on the Rosebud Reservation. Buck is the sixth generation descendant of Chief Spotted Tail, honored leader of the Rosebud Sioux. JESSIE SPOTTED TAIL, whose Indian name is Pacokob Ayapi Win (“Woman Who Leads Her People”), is also the sixth generation descendant of Chief Spotted Tail, and has been dancing since she was four. An outstanding all-around dancer, Jessie is a champion Teen Girls’ Jingle Dress Dancer who holds the title of Denver March Powwow Princess and Miss Indian South Dakota. She excels in athletics, is an exchange student, and also volunteers in Marian One Star’s soup kitchen on the Rosebud.



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