The Phillip England Center for the Performing Arts Foundation and the Verde Valley Archaeology Center presented
An Evening with Tony Duncan
Saturday, November 9, 2019
American Indian images, names, and stories infuse American history and contemporary life. Pervasive, powerful, at times demeaning, the images, names, and stories reveal the deep connection between Americans and American Indians as well as how Indians have been embedded in unexpected ways in the history, pop culture, and identity of the United States.
What started at the turn of the century as an effort to gain a day of recognition for the significant contributions the first Americans made to the establishment and growth of the U.S., has resulted in a whole month being designated for that purpose. In 1990 President George H. W. Bush approved a joint resolution designating November 1990 “National American Indian Heritage Month.” Similar proclamations have been issued each year since 1994.
We experienced the rich culture of Native America through the songs, stories, and dances of Tony Duncan Productions. "We dance to the four directions to share the stories of our ancestors. Tony sang songs of celebration as he honored the strength and beauty of our indigenous brothers and sisters. We gather around our elders and listen to the stories passed down from generation to generation."
Filled with knowledge and wisdom; these stories of creation, warriors, and tricksters have captivated audiences far and wide. As we listen to the calling wind we hear the melodies of the Native American flute. Songs of courtship, meditation and healing are heard deep in the canyons of the Southwest.