Takaji (greetings) My Relatives
This past Monday the COUNCIL OF THREE RIVERS AMERICAN INDIAN CENTER again participated in the annual Slippery Rock University Native American diversity event.
I was picked up by my friend Russell Simms, the excecutive director of the agency and we drove north to the college located in the small north-western Pennsylvania community of Slippery Rock to put on the annual presentation which we have offered there for several years now every November.
As in the case of last year I was asked to be the master of ceremonies . I also offered the audience (mostly students, from the college as well as from local public and private elementary and secundary schools) a presentation of story-telling.
I had the priviledge of introducing some of the finest dance talent of the Pittsburgh-area Native American
Our drum was composed of both local western PA talent and also drummers from the near-by state of Ohio.
A great deal of the music and dance was co-ordinated by Russel's son Michael. My good friend SunBear Coe also added his prodigious talents as well as those of his brother Pete. There was also a wonderful selection of other fancy and traditional dancers from both the Pittsburgh Native community and elsewhere.
Eager audience participation made the event fun for everyone.
The event also included a great display of arts and crafts both for viewing and some for sale.
As usual it was a wonderful pleasure for me to have been part of this effort which is one of the many cultural services that our Indian Center offers to the western Pennsylvania community.