November 1, 2002 Cellicion Traditional Zuni Dancers to Perform at the Library of Congress

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The American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress will present the Cellicion Traditional Zuni Dancers from Zuni Pueblo in New Mexico on Wednesday, Nov. 13, at noon in the Coolidge Auditorium of the Thomas Jefferson Building, First and Independence Avenue, S.E., Washington, D.C.

The concert is the last this year in the center's series "Homegrown 2002: The Music of America," presentations of traditional music and dance, April to November, drawn from communities across the United States and arranged with the help of state folklorists. Co-sponsoring the concerts are the Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian, the Kennedy Center Millennium Stage, and the Folklore Society of Greater Washington.

The Cellicion Traditional Zuni Dancers perform traditional dances, songs and stories from their native pueblo of Zuni, in southwestern New Mexico, as well as dances and music adapted from other tribal groups in the Southwest, such as the "Butterfly and "Buffalo" dances from the Hopi and the "Eagle" and "Deer" dances from the Rio Grande people. Group leader Fernando Cellicion has adapted the flute from the Plains people, on which he has composed new "Shiwi" (Zuni) style tunes, along with other styles of flute music from the Plains, including Kiowa, Sioux, and Comanche songs.

The Cellicion Traditional Zuni Dancers were founded in 1983, and all members of the group are related by blood, marriage, or clan. They have performed throughout the United States at festivals and powwows and have become increasingly known internationally, touring in Canada, Europe, Asia, and the South Pacific. Cellicion has made several recordings of his flute music, and the group's singers can be heard on two Smithsonian Folkways recordings.

The American Folklife Center's presentation of the Cellicion Traditional Zuni Dancers is free and open to the public. The Jefferson Building is located close to Metro stops at Capitol South (orange and blue lines) and Union Station (red line).

The American Folklife Center was created by Congress in 1976 and placed at the Library of Congress to "preserve and present American folklife" through programs of research, documentation, archival presentation, reference service, live performance, exhibition, public programs, and training. The Center includes the Archive of Folk Culture, which was established in 1928 and is now one of the largest collections of ethnographic material from the United States and around the world.

Part of the Kennedy Center's Performing Arts for Everyone initiative, the Millennium Stage helps fulfill the center's mission to make performing arts widely accessible. The Millennium Stage introduces the performing arts to the local community and to millions of people who visit the center each year. These free, 6:00 p.m. performances are offered 365 days a year. Tickets are never required. Daily broadcasts of Millennium Stage concerts are available on the Internet. For a schedule and information on how to access the broadcasts, visit the Kennedy Center Web site:


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