Cultural Arts

Cultural Arts

Culture Night

NAYA’s cultural gathering is the cornerstone of our cultural arts programming. Culture Night is a time where families and community members can come together to share a meal, craft, learn traditions and practice intertribal powwow drumming and dancing. Everyone of all ages is welcome to attend.

Culture Night occurs during the school year on MOST Wednesdays from 5:30-8pm, with Wednesday holidays and school closures being observed. Please check NAYA’s events calendar for updated information. Click here for this year’s scheduled dates.

Dance classes

Fancy, Traditional and Jingle dance lessons are offered for our young women. Students will focus on the basics of their dance styles and work up to the intermediate/advanced level of dance. They will also learn about the different styles, songs, traditions and meanings associated with each of the dances.

For our young men we offer a beginning dance and advanced dance class taught by different instructors. Beginners will learn about the different styles, songs, traditions and meanings associated with each dance. Advance students will focus on excelling in their dancing by studying more styles of dance as well as the work of other dancers, combining this with what they already know.

Regalia-making classes

Classes are open to new and experienced regalia makers of all ages. We recommend that participants bring their own supplies, but we will help with what we can. Several sewing machines are available, but if you have your own, you are welcome to bring it with you. Workshops will focus on teaching youth different parts of the regalia. Each month we will make available a list of classes currently being offered. We will have experienced regalia makers available to answer any questions that you may have. Sewing 101 classes will start in mid October.

Culture classes

These classes explore a different topic each month. Classes include field trips that range from visits to the art museum to basket weaving and drum making. Classes are open to all who want to participate with a focus on our youth to help them discover more about their own culture and the culture of those around them.