Strong Medicine:
A Native Journey in Song, Dance, and StoryStrong Medicine Band

Artist: Ted Skenandore
Telephone: 920-284-9658

I am a Native American living in a contemporary world. As a musician and song writer, I am influenced by both my culture and the music from other cultures. Strong Medicine's colorful presentation includes Native languages, culture, stories, legends and the sounds of blues, rock, country, and powwow music. Students will hear original music, see traditional dance to contemporary music, learn about Native people and customs through traditional stories, and participate by singing and dancing. From the powwow drum to drum set, Strong Medicine is an evolution of arts and culture.

Legends of Music & Dance (Grades K+, 50 minutes)
Students will learn about native culture and values through the Creation Story and contemporary songs that echo the themes within the story.

Many Nations in Wisconsin (Grades K+, 50 minutes)
By focusing on the different tribal nations in Wisconsin, students learn native words from Menominee, Oneida, and Ojibway languages in a contemporary powwow format that brings everyone together.

Native Powwow Singing (Grades 3+, 50 minutes)
Using a hand held drum, Ted teaches children, through call and response, the format of Powwow music. Children are introduced to melodic vocals, chants and Native words as they learn a song to sing with the band.

Native Powwow Dancing (Grades 3+, 50 minutes)
Dancers from the group show students basic inter-tribal dance steps. Students also learn about the part of the pow-wow outfits and meaning behind symbols and materials used in making the outfits.

Pricing Note: Ted Skenandore has a 6-member group. When completing the grant application, costs for $800 for the first performance, $250 for the second performance, and round trip mileage for 2 vehicles.

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