Native American Students Perform at BYU
October 30, 2008
Members of the Southern Utah University Native American Student Association performed at BYU's Nishiyamamto closing social on Monday in the ballroom of BYU's Wilkinson Center.
Nishiyamamto is a group of exchange students from Japan, who had specifically requested the opportunity to experience Native American performance while studying in the U.S.
The SUU students performed for about 1600 people, including the exchange students and their host families. Performances included a Navajo Sash Belt Dance, a duet to the song “Go My Son,” and a pow wow style dance demonstration. SUU’s students concluded with an interactive number called a “round dance” which was taught to the audience.
Of the opportunity to perform in such a large venue to such a large group, Emily Gagnon, a senior Hotel Resort and Hospitality Management major from Topsham, Maine said, “It’s cool that schools can interact and can cooperate rather than compete. Instead of a competition we were united in our culture. It shows that culture is no different - no matter where you go.”