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The 6th Annual Harvest Moon American Indian Festival is a celebration of culture, arts and tradition in the heart of Kansas City, Missouri. Showcasing the finest of Native American performers, dancers and artists and artisans.  As we as Urban Indians break stereotypes, share our strength and offer an opportunity to learn the history of the Osage Trail (modern day Troost Avenue which became known as the Santa Fe Trail.) We ask you to join us in spirit as we celebrate yet another gift of life for the season and the welcoming of the Harvest Time.

The children have their own Pow Wow Chow Wow with activities and an opportunity to learn from Joe Rorabaugh-Irwin of Haskell University Indian Health Center.  Obesity prevention and healthy activities are on the agenda.

This year's event stars Mo Brings Plenty who was born on the Pine Ridge Reservation, in South Dakota.  He is a direct descendant of Brings Plenty, an Oglala Lakota warrior who fought in the Battle of Little Big Horn.

As an actor, Mo has played bit parts in Hidalgo, Thunder Heart and Pirates of the Caribbean.  He also played Quanah Parker in the History Channel documentary, Comanche Warrior, which was filmed on the Wild Horse Sanctuary in the southern Black Hills, as well as playing Crazy Horse on The History Channel's "Investigating History" documentary, Who Killed Crazy Horse and BBC "Custer's Last Stand".  He acted in "Rez Bomb," considered to be the first movie with a universal storyline set on a reservation. "Rez Bomb" has been part on the international film festival circuit instead of playing strictly to Native American film festivals, which is a major breakthrough for Native cinema.  Moses Brings Plenty played drums for the band Brulé, who combines traditional Native American drums and flute with contemporary musical instruments. 
He has performed for charity events such as Project Lighthouse that provides warm clothing and bedding to northern Indian reservations.

The Tim Robinson Dance Troupe is led by Tim who is Omaha and his wife Susan who is Cherokee.  The dancers represent a variety of Tribes including Kickapoo and others. They come to us with color and spiritual energy.  Also performing will be the Tim Robinson Championship Dancers with "Chiefy" Roy (Ponca).

The Red and Blues are returning this year and are an all Native (Pawnee, Sioux, Creek) Soul­Rock/Blues trio, of Kahheetah Barnoskie (Drums, Guitar, Bass), Reign Charger (Drums, Guitar, Bass, Vocals), and Marcus Barnoskie (Drums, Guitar, Bass, Vocals). They focus their sound into Rock and Blues styles with contrasting soul and rock rhythms.

Tommy Wildcat Cherokee Nation "National Treasure,” NSU Graduate, Flute CD Recordings, Flute Player, River Cane Flute maker, Native American Music Awards.  Tommy Wildcat is an enrolled, full-blood citizen of the Cherokee Nation. He is a hereditary member of the Wolf Clan.  Tommy Wildcat's family appears in National Geographic magazine's September 2005 issue with his nephew, Skylar Wildcat.  His father, Tom Wildcat was designated a Cherokee National Treasure in 1995 for his skill in making turtle shell shakers and featured on the American Express commercial “Charge Against Hunger 1995” and aired during the Beatles anthology.

We welcome back Dennis Rogers; a tribal enrolled member of the Navajo Nation who has dedicated his educational career to promoting multicultural education.  Dennis is nationally and internationally recognized for his unique style of teaching Native American culture. He actively demonstrates these Tribal art forms: traditional Navajo Sandpaintings, Silversmithing, Beadworking, Feather Work used in making dance regalia, Native Flute and Hand Drum, northern traditional and plains dances, and his award winning hoop dance.  He was honored for his efforts to educate Americans about the Native American culture and heritage.  In 1997 he also made his movie television debut in the CBS Sunday Night Movie of the week “Stolen Women: Captured Hearts” where he was cast as a fighting warrior.  Dennis’ dedication to support our military bases is of distinguished merit.  He has been awarded the Commanding General’s certificate from two major military facilities, Ft. Hood in Killeen, TX and Ft. Leonard-Wood in Missouri and in Kansas, Fort Riley and Fort Leavenworth.

Since we are Urban Indians, we are pleased to welcome back local groups AZ One, OaSis, and for the first time performing, will be CoCo J Jackson. Dance with us! Sing with us! Enjoy an Indian Taco or a Buffalo Burger while the adults may sip a refreshing beer and the children see and learn and have plenty to do. Visit the entire artist’s booth featuring Indian tribal memorabilia. 

Ask questions, take photographs and watch our colors brought in Indian way. Bring your lawn chair to this free admission event and plan to spend the day while immersing in a full entertainment experience.  Taking in the heritage and talent of the American Indian and the Nations they represent.

Let us unite in celebrating the blessings of the Harvest time. "Urban Indians are real Indians too...Keepers of ancestral soil."

Located at 31st and Troost Ave, in the Osage Trail Station Neighborhood in Kansas City, MO

12 Noon to 10:00 PM

Our 2016 Emcee

She's BACK!!!! Yes folks, for the 2nd year Ms. Rhonda LeValdo of KKFI and Haskell Indian Nations University will emcee the Harvest Moon American Indian Festival on Saturday, October 1st.
Ms. Marisa Mendoza, is an enrolled member of the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe (Lakota) in Eagle Butte, S.D., where she was born and raised. She received an associate’s degree in liberal arts from Haskell in 1997, and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in human services from Oglala Lakota College in Kyle, S.D. She later moved to Lawrence, Kan., to attend graduate school at the University of Kansas, where she received a master’s degree in social work in 2007. Ms. LeValdo is a faculty member at Haskell Indian Nations University in Media Communications in Lawrence, Kansas. She sits on the board of directors for the Native American Journalists Association and is the current President of that organization. We commend Ms. LeValdo for being a national leader in this prestigious Native American organization.
So come meet and listen to a historian of Native American history.
Visit Moses' fb page at: https://www.facebook.com/bringsplentyband
Moses Brings Plenty

Moses Brings Plenty

Moses Brings Plenty

Moses Brings Plenty

Moses Brings Plenty

Moses Brings Plenty

Tommy Wildcat Cherokee

Wesley 'Chiefy' Roy

Tim Robinson Championship Dancers

AZ-ONE Reggae Band

Dennis Rogers

OaSis Band

CoCo J Jackson

The Red and Blues

    The all Native (Pawnee, Sioux, Creek) Soul­Rock/Blues  trio, The Red and Blues, ​ consists of Kahheetah Barnoskie  (Drums, Guitar, Bass), Reign Charger (Drums, Guitar, Bass,  Vocals), and Marcus Barnoskie (Drums, Guitar, Bass, Vocals) ​ .  The multi­instrumentalists exchange instruments during their  sets to focus their sound into  Rock and Blues styles with  contrasting soul and rock rhythms. The Red and Blues music  can be streamed or downloaded from soundcloud  (soundcloud.com/the­red­and­blues) and reverbnation  (reverbnation.com/theredandblues).    Founding members Marcus Barnoskie and Reign Charger met in  Lawrence, Kansas while attending Haskell Indian Nations University joined shortly after by Kahheetah  Barnoskie, a University of Kansas graduate,  for her multi instrumental talents. The band was formed in  February of 2015with the focus of spreading their message of hope and justice to Indigenous nations  across the globe. The band was selected to perform at Gathering of Nation's Stage 49 in April of 2015 and  performs frequently in the Lawrence, Ks area. 

For more info visit Red & Blues FB Page

American Indian Festival on Troost Ave in Kansas City, MO
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