Coeur D’ Alene Tribe Brings Culture and Cardio Tips to DC

“Imani Antone, a member of the Coeur d’Alene Tribe, has been dancing for as long as she can remember. Dressed in a traditional ‘jingle dress,’ a multicolored outfit covered with silver ornaments that clink when she moves, Antone and other members of the tribe’s Powwow Sweat dance group visited the nation’s capital last week to teach visitors to the National Museum of the American Indian how to perform tribal dances and – more important – the cultural significance of those dances to the Coeur d’Alene Tribe. The event was part of the eighth-annual Living Earth Festival.” R. Prasad, Medill News

Sweat dancers from the Coeur d’ Alene tribe after their interactive performance Friday at the National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, D.C. (Ritu Prasad:Medill News Service)

Excerpt: Coeur D’ Alene Tribe Brings Dance, Culture and ?Cardio to Washington DC, by Ritu Prasad and Katie Watkins, Medill News

“The three-day festival brings together Native American artists from across the country, featuring dancers, artisans and chefs cooking traditional cuisine. The Coeur d’Alene Tribe is one of 567 federally recognized tribes in the U.S, according to the National Congress of American Indians. Their Powwow Sweat dancers kicked off the festival with a 45-minute class that taught visitors the basics of their dance exercise routine.

‘Powwow Sweat is a really fun way to exercise,’ said dancer Nikki Pitre. ‘It’s fusing together our traditional and social dances with some cardio and a structured way to really get your heart rate going.’

Created by Lovina Louie, who runs the tribe’s wellness programs, Powwow Sweat aims to get tribal members excited about exercise, while also practicing traditional dances. It was developed under a $1.9 million grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to reduce obesity and other chronic diseases in the Coeur d’Alene Tribe…The Powwow Sweat dancers taught classes twice a day throughout the weekend as part of the Living Earth Festival.”

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