Arizona’s Yellow Bird Apache Dancers will celebrate the culture and spirit of the American Indian at the next Friends of Music program April 3 in Wickenburg. The dancing begins at 2 p.m. at the Wickenburg Community Center, 160 N. Valentine St., Wickenburg.

Yellow Bird is a professional, family-based dance company under the direction of Ken Duncan, a member of the San Carlos Apache tribe. He is a graduate of the Institute of American Arts in Santa Fe, N.M., and is an accomplished story-teller and lecturer.

Doreen Duncan, his wife, was director for the Salt River Pima Maricopa Tribal Museum for 10 years and has done educational and cultural programming for the Heard Museum.

The Duncan family’s colorful and energetic dance program conveys the message that family is the essence of the Native American culture. For more than 25 years, the Duncan family has brought this message to royalty, presidents and thousands of people throughout the world.

Rounding out the troupe are their children. Tony Duncan is the 2011 World Champion Hoop Dancer. Kevin, Sky and Talon Duncan were each finalists in their respective age groups in the 2011 World Hoop Dance competition. In 2007, Violet Duncan won the Miss Indian World competition.

Yellow Bird dancers have brought authentic Native American culture to life for audiences across America and around the world. They have performed at the White House for former first lady Laura Bush, at the Smithsonian Institution and at the Kennedy Center, as well as for NATO Peace Keepers in Kosovo. U.S. embassies across Europe, in Central Asia and the Far East have also enjoyed their story-telling.

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