Three Native American a cappella women singers will deliver their own unique, mystical and sweeping sound this weekend when Colorado State University hosts the Inter-Tribal Dance Performance and Concert.
The award-winning, nationally recognized group, Ulali, will give two performances from 3-7 p.m. and again from 7-10 p.m. on April 9 in the Lory Student Center Commons and Theatre.
The event will feature an arts and crafts expo and dance performances as well as the concert.
Traditional dances will be performed by Dinetah Dance Troupe and booths will offer traditional Native American food such as fry bread and Indian tacos.
Ulali consists of Pura F’ (Tuscarora), Soni (Mayan, Apache, Yaqui) and Jennifer (Tuscarora).
Founded in 1987, Ulali is the first Native American women’s group to create their own sound from their traditional roots and personal contemporary styles. The group has traveled throughout the United States, Canada and abroad performing at events such as the 1998 Sundance Film Festival, the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta, Woodstock 94 and Carnegie Hall. They also travel throughout Indian country in North and South America, visiting communities, performing and exchanging songs and stories.
Ulali is featured on the soundtrack for the award-winning film, "Smoke Signals," and the soundtrack for the Turner documentary series, "The Native Americans." The group also has recorded and performed with the Indigo Girls, Sting, the B-52s, Jackson Browne, Bonnie Raitt and Mary Chapin Carpenter. Ulali’s video, "Follow Your Heart’s Desire," won Best Music Video at the First Americans in the Arts Awards.
The event is sponsored by the Native American Student Association, American Indian Science and Engineering Society, Native American Student Association, Lory Student Center Diversity Grant, Associated Students of Colorado State University, Tribal Technical Assistance Program, Tri-Ethnic Center for Prevention Research, Center for Applied Study in American Ethnicity and the city of Fort Collins-Fort Fund.
For more information and to purchase tickets, contact Native American Student Services at 491-1332 or the Lory Student Center Box Office at 491-6444.