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July 20th, 2009
Powwow coming to San Marcos

STAFF REPORT

The Indigenous Cultures Institute will join the City of San Marcos Arts Commission, San Marcos Parks and Recreation and the Austin Chronicle in presenting “Eagle and Condor: Powwow and Aztec Dance and Dialogue,” on August 15.

The event, which runs from 2-5 p.m., will be held at the San Marcos Activity Center, located at 501 East Hopkins Street. It will focus on the ancient prophecy of the Eagle and the Condor, which is present in many Native American traditions.

The prophecy is about the reuniting of two distinctly different cultures, and their ways of seeing and being, that will ultimately bring the world into balance and harmony.

In honor of the prophecy, the powwow will present the dance traditions of two distinctly different cultires: The Eagle of the North, represented by the Eagle Point Northern Powwow Drum and Dancers, and the Condor of the South, represented by the Aztec dance group Cuicani In Xochitl.

Eagle point will perform first, explaining each of the six dances: men’s traditional, men’s fancy, men’s straight, women’s fancy-shall, women’s jingle, and women’s buckskin. Afterward, Cuicani In Xochitl will present a multi-discipline performance that combines poetry, dance, song and a slide show demonstrating the intricacies of the Aztec dance tradition.

A panel discussion will follow the presentations. Members of both groups will interact wth the audience and answer questions. The public is invited to a reception afterward, featuring Native American foods.

The event is a precursor to a new, two-day powwow coming to San Marcos in August 2010, “The Sacred Springs Heritage Celebration and Powwow: Reuniting the Eagle and Condor.”

For more information, call (512) 393-3310, or visit the Indigenous Cultures website.

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  1. This event features some amazing performers including the Hoskins family whose tiny son and daughter are fabulous dancers, and the inspirational Eagle Point Northern Drum. The Aztec group, Cuicani In Xochitl is the most professional and astounding group of performers in Texas — we’re fortunate that they’re coming to San Marcos. During the panel, the audience can ask about anything they always wanted to know about powwows and Mexica tradition. This is an educational and inspiring event. Don’t miss it!

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