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Meet the Company

Larry Yazzie

Larry is a two-time World Champion Fancy Dancer, an Eagle Dancer, and is from the Meskwaki Nation in Tama, Iowa. He is the Founder and Artistic Director for Native Pride Arts which is based out of St. Paul, MN. His repertoire includes performances at the Olympics, The Kennedy Center, and the Smithsonian Institute. Larry has performed all over the world and won many awards for his dancing. As an international lecturer, dancer, and educator, Larry has earned the reputation for being one of the nation's leading experts on Native American dance. In May 2010, he and his son Jessup were the sole U.S. performers invited for performances and workshops throughout northern France.

He founded Native Pride Arts to give back to his community and to the world.

 

"By sharing life stories through music, dance and storytelling, we nurture meaningful communication among all people."

 

Larry's goal is to share cultural traditions through artist-in-residency workshops, performances, lectures, classroom instruction and theatrical performances enhancing access to diverse, multicultural artists for people of all ages and backgrounds. His warm, enthusiastic spirit truly reflects the beauty of Indigenous people. Following the tradition of his elders, he is giving back, enriching the lives of all audiences for generations to come.
 

Jessup Yazzie

Jessup dances the Men's Northern-style Fancy Dance and has been dancing since he could walk. He is from the Lakota, Meskwaki/Dine (Navajo) Nations and has grown up in the Twin Cities in Minnesota and in South Dakota. Jessup's dancing career started when he won his first trophy in Roseau Canada at the age of 2 and then again at the world's largest Powwow: The Gathering of Nations, held in Albuquerque, New Mexico when he was 3 years old. Jessup has been competing in Powwows ever since and continues to take top honors.

Aside from Powwows Jessup has performed in theatres across the nation with acts such as The Kevin Locke Trio, Keith Secola and the Wild Band of Indians, and at the ages of five and six, Jessup toured with "Spirit the Seventh Fire" which was Executive Produced by Peter Buffet.

In addition to participating in the 2005 and 2013 Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City, Jessup travelled with The Native Pride Dancers to Japan and Jordan in 2006 and 2012, respectively.

"I enjoy helping other people feel good through my dance and inspiring others to  be open minded and learn about other cultures."
 

Arlan Whitebreast

Arlan, from the Meskwaki Nation, is a skilled trade employee for the Meskwaki Settlement and lives in Tama, Iowa, with his family. He is a talented Champion Grass Dancer. Arlan is an educator, a father, a husband and has had the opportunity to dance with the Native Pride Dancers at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., The Minnesota State Fair, Las Vegas, New York City, and in various schools, universities, festivals, corporate events, and in theatres throughout the country. 

Sheena Cain

Sheena is an Old-Style Jingle dress dancer from the Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwe, located in Wisconsin. She was raised in a very traditional manner of the Anishinaabe Nation and practices her traditional culture and has passed the teachings she received from her elders, grandmother and mother to her children. She is a multi-talented performer and model. Sheena is a co-owner of a couple clothing lines and works as an Independent Business Consultant in sales. Her beauty is only surpassed by her gracious generosity as she shares her culture with audiences nationwide. 

"[When I dance] I pray for healing for all of those who need it, for those who cannot dance, for those who simply are watching and it uplifts their spirits; that is what inspires me to keep dancing."

Joshua Atcheynum

Josh is a Men's Northern Traditional dancer from the First Nations Plains Cree from Sweetgrass, Saskatchewan by way of Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwe. He is a ledger artist, graphic artist, former DJ and rapper, regalia creator, including bear claw necklaces. Josh's work can be seen in various art galleries around the country. He is the owner of Intertribal Clothing. He and his fiance, Sheena Cain, have also created a clothing line called Lost Voices in collaboration with another company. Their work is a beautiful expression of visual art from our Native American people. Josh is a cultural presenter and has created graphic and musical production for Native Pride since he has danced with the company performing in Las Vegas and throughout the Midwestern part of Turtle Island. Josh is committed to sharing our stories with youth and with other cultures in a respectful and traditional manner in order to bring understanding.

"My biggest inspiration to dance is my mother, who is battling cancer. I feel it heals her and gives her the strength she needs to fight."

Christal Moose

Christal is the Manager of the Native Pride Dancers and Larry Yazzie. She is a member of the Mille lacs Band of Ojibwe and grew up on the Fond du lac Reservation in northern MN. Christal is a vocalist and a photographer. Her work unites people from all walks of life and from many organizations, most recently as a Community Coordinator during the Oyate Okodakiciyapi Series for The Ordway Center of Performing Arts in St. Paul, MN. 

"Sharing our culture brings value to all cultures. If you know where your ancestors immigrated from, you'll find your own Indigenous land(s) and if you make a connection to that land and your people, you may begin to understand why we feel the way we do about this land that we live on, Turtle Island, our Mother, (aka, USA). We all bleed red and have more in common than we ever dreamed."