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Native American & Polka Concert and Dance
August 16, 2013 a0a26854194e44c833c33c805c4cb09a@greatermankatoevents.com

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When:   08/19/2013

Start Time:
7:00 pm
End Time:
8:30 pm

Where:  German Park

Location Notes:
In case of inclement weather, concerts will be held at the Community Center (600 N German) or the Civic Cent (1212 N Franklin St). Please listen to KNUJ or call.

Parking Information:
Sponsored by Friends of German Park, New Ulm Area Foundation, New Ulm Parks and Recreation and the Prairie Lakes Regional Arts Council

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Friends of German Park

The Friends of German Park Native American Dance and Polka Concert is the fourth performance in a series of concerts centering around the U.S.-Dakotah War Conflict. Two groups and dancers representing diverse traditions will join together to foster a sense of unity between the Native American and local German culture.

The program includes performances by the Dale Holtz Polka Band and Dancers. Polka is a lively courtship dance of Bohemian folk origin where couples circle about the dance floor. New Ulm was once known as the Polka Capitol of the Nation. The 8-piece band includes concertina, tuba, trombone, trumpet, clarinet, drum and banjo. Started in 1979, the band specializes in a German style polka called Dutchmen, made famous by the Six Fat Dutchmen and Whoopee John.

Michael Lucio and the Lucio Native American Dancers, Singers and Drummers are members of the Mdwekaton Lower Sioux Tribe. The dance troupe goal is to expose their culture and way of living to people who still think of indigenous people as living in the past. The group dresses in traditional Dakota dancing costumes adorned with eagle feathers, red hawk feathers, beads, bells and anything else that will jingle. The outfits are all hand made and express the life of each individual dancer.

The circle in both types of dances represents the circle of unity, the cycle of life. It is fitting that a year, following the commemoration of the tragic year of the U.S.-Dakota War Conflict, we recognize an event witnessed in German Park and recorded in the German language newspaper published on June 17, 1858. The story cited an activity occurring in New Ulm German Park, stating that a troop of Indians of the Sioux tribe were camped in German Park and sat around the fire smoking a common pipe.

This coming of full circle, will be celebrated in a confluence of music and tradition in the final performances of the concert. Polka and Native American dancers will dance together and include many from the audience.


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Appropriate for:
  • Infants/Pre-school
  • Children
  • Teens
  • College/Young Adults
  • Adults
  • Seniors

Fees:
  • $0.00     Free

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For more information contact:
Denis Warta
507-233-2423
dwarta@comcast.net
Submitted by: Minnesota Rural Arts Collaborative
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