The Raven Dancers
* Respect * Pride * Dignity *
The Raven Dancers is a group that studies and teaches Native American dance, music, and culture. We coordinate our efforts with elder members of the local Native American community. We are based in Denver, Colorado, and welcome people of all ages and ethnic origins. The Raven Dancers promote cultural understanding, diversity, and education. We have been in operation for 25 years!
Our annual Spring Bear Pow-wow is an opportunity to bring together peoples from all nations to celebrate the Creator's gifts to all of us. Many members are of Native American descent, and are proud to share their heritage.
Spring Bear Pow-wow
Spring Bear Pow-wow is a non-contest, traditional gathering. Enjoy dancing, singing, frybread and food, and some of the areas finest artists selling their wares.
Only days until the 20th Annual Spring Bear Pow-wow 2013.
Our goals are threefold.
Firstly, we provide a safe and fun program to youth of all ages and backgrounds to nurture within those youth a spirit of self-worth and self-expression, and a deeper understanding of the Native American culture. The Raven Dancers sponsor a Boy Scout Venture Crew.
Secondly, we seek to help nurture and promote diversity and understanding, to bring people together to share the rich and wonderful heritage of Native American culture. Many of our members are of Native American descent, and are proud to share that with others.
Thirdly, we provide educational entertainment to community groups throughout the Denver Metropolitan area. We perform for as many as fifty groups each year. We try to provide accurate and appropriate information, helping overcome stereotypical images, and bring a deeper and clearer understanding of Native Americans to all peoples.
The Raven Dancers are available to perform for community, Scouting, and other groups across the Colorado Front Range. Our performances include a mix of traditional and contemporary dances, music, and stories from the Great Plains and the Southwest.
We bring the color, the movement, the heartbeat of the drum, and the sounds of Native American dance to your event.
We tailor our show to the needs of your group. Typically, shows range from 25 to 40 minutes.
Donations are gratefully accepted, and help finance our activities and outfits.
We teach dance steps and styles, team dances, drumming and singing, and outfit-making skills.
We perform for community and Scouting groups throughout the year. These include: Lakewood on Parade, Douglas County Fair, Aurora Kid Spree, and the Aurora History Museum.
We have danced in twenty-two Saint Patrick's Day Parades in Denver, winning "Best Traditional Entry" for our 1999 entry.
We regularly participate in local pow-wows. One of our Advisors danced into First Place in Men's Traditional at the UNC Pow-wow in 1998, and another placed second at Lakewood Heritage Pow-wow in 2000.
The Raven Dancers are proud to be a family group. We welcome people of all ages and ethnic origins. All we ask is a sincere and respectful interest in learning about the circle.
If you want to dance the Circle of Life, in a good way, we would love to hear from you. For more information about membership with the Raven Dancers, please contact us.
Please contact us for more information. The best ways to reach us follow.
The Raven Dancers - PO Box 714 - Franktown, CO 80116-0714 USA
Created: 24 June 1999
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