Thundering Hills Dance Troupe
We educate the audience about the art of First Nations culture and how it intertwines with being a dancer. We share and explain the different styles of song and dance, such as the Native American flute, powwow dancing, the shield dance, the buffalo dance, the eagle dance and the kahomni and round dance. As part of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission it is our responsibility to take opportunities to share and educate new comers on the meanings of dance, the amount of time and energy it takes to prepare for dancing. We inform those who do not attend powwows regularly, that this dance does provide therapy for the soul, the spirit, the mind and the body. Dance creates the balance between the cultural and the main stream lifestyle we as First Nations people have to live in this modern world. We provide a better understanding so that all may carry with this knowledge and hopefully bring the desire to participate or share this knowledge with others in the future. First Nations dancing makes the people feel stronger as a nation.
The target audience is aimed at people of all races and ages. It is important to come to the understanding that participating or enjoying this type of dance is not restricted to any age, gender or race. As long as a person is able to get up on their own two feet they can learn and experience the connection to the drum and within the circle. Dance sometimes brings out unforeseen amounts of emotions at times to those who cannot participate. Dance is a form of therapy and helps people in all aspects of life. Dance provides strength to all.