Year of Graduation


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MFA: Dance

Directing Professor

Jeffery Bullock


This thesis examines the lives and cultural roots of the Five Moons - five Native American ballerinas - and how their example may serve as an ancestorial inspiration for the next generation of dancing youth. Exploring the impact of their tribal heritage on them as dancers, and how the prominence of their professional careers can be connected to the concept of ancestors in Native American culture, is central to this work. Answers are sought as to how the Five Moons make an impact through their legacies on current youth in Oklahoma. This creative manifestation engages in the form of a curatorial collaboration with partners from tribal communities, specifically from the Osage Nation, Peoria Tribe, and Pawnee Tribe.

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