Canku Ota

(Many Paths)

An Online Newsletter Celebrating Native America

November 18, 2000 - Issue 23


Fernando Cellicion Zuni Dancers in Taiwan


Bronitsky and Associates is proud to announce that the Fernando Cellicion Zuni Dancers will participate in the the "Cross-Century Indigenous Culture Festival" December 27, 2001-January 2, 2001, in Taitung, Taiwan. The Festival is organized by the Indigenous People Affairs Bureau and the Cultural Affairs Bureau of Taitung County Government. Taitung is located in the eastern coast part of Taiwan, which is the home land for several indigenous tribal people in Taiwan. Six international groups have been invited to the event, including indigenous groups from America, Hawaii, Mexico, Philippines, India, and the Ivory Coast, plus many local Taiwanese groups. With the music, song and dance of world indigenous peoples, the "People of the Earth", participants will welcome the coming of the 21st Century. This festival is a follow-up to the successful "1998 Festival of "Austronesian Cultures in Taiwan."

The Fernando Cellicion Traditional Zuni Dancers come from the Pueblo of Zuni, New Mexico. The Zuni people are a group of Pueblo Indians who have lived in western New Mexico for over 1000 years. They have always been farmers and people of peace.

The dance group was founded by Roger Cellicion, father of the current leader, to preserve and pass on his knowledge of Zuni culture to his children. Today, the group is under the direction of Fernando Cellicion. The group has performed at a broad range of venues, including the World Music Festival in Tokyo, Japan, and in the Pacific under the auspices of the USIS, and at the Gallup (New Mexico) Intertribal Ceremonials, New Mexico State Fair, Connecticut River Rendezvous and parades, celebrations, pow-wows and other functions throughout the United States.

The group has won many top honors in dance competitions. Many of their songs have been heard on such programs as NPR, and the group has been featured at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC, several
times. The group has also appeared on NBC's Today Show, ABC's Good Morning America and CBS's This Morning. The group's music and dance has been featured on the video, Indian Dances of the Zuni Pueblo, which was released in 1996 by Indian Sounds of Oklahoma. In addition, Fernando Cellicion, the leader of the group, is also an accomplished traditional fluteplayer and performed in Italy in 1996.

Gordon Bronitsky, founder/president of Bronitsky and Associates will be accompanying the Fernando Cellicion Zuni Dancers to Taiwan and will meet with local indigenous groups at their request to begin planning
international marketing of their traditional and contemporary arts, dance and music.

The Fernando Cellicion Zuni Dancers are represented internationally by Bronitsky and Associates, a firm with offices in Denver, Colorado and Bergamo, Italy, which works with American Indian individuals, communities and organizations throughout the United States (including Alaska), Canada and Mexico to bring to the world the best that Native North America has to offer. The firm has also begun working with other indigenous groups around the world.For more information about the Fernando Cellicion Zuni Dancers or any of the other Native American and indigenous groups we work with, please contact either of our offices.

Bronitsky and Associates:

Gordon Bronitsky, PhD, Bronitsky and Associates,
3551 South Monaco Parkway, Suite 195,
Denver, CO 80237
FAX 303-504-4297

European Office:

Horst Eilers, Bronitsky and Associates,
Via Masone 3,
24121 Bergamo, Italy
Tel/FAX +39 035 236554

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