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Native American dance duo to perform on campus

November 10, 2016 - University Marketing Communications
NACOGDOCHES, Texas - The Sampson Brothers, a Native American dance duo, will perform native dances for the Stephen F. Austin State University and Nacogdoches communities twice Wednesday, Nov. 16, first at noon in the plaza outside of the Baker Pattillo Student Center and again at 7 p.m. in the student center Grand Ballroom.

The event was created and will be hosted by the SFA Office of Multicultural Affairs to celebrate and acknowledge Native American tribes, their heritage and their history.

"The idea for the event came from the need to represent all racial and ethnic groups, as well as host an event that acknowledges and applauds the roots, culture, existence and contributions of the Native American people," said Dr. Griselda Flores, OMA assistant director.

According to their website, the Sampson Brothers strive to promote cultural pride, unity and hope through setting a positive example through art, education and dance. They hope to give back to their tribe and the indigenous community as a whole by breaking stereotypes and creating opportunities for generations to come.

"Attendees should expect to be educated and entertained about aspects of the Native American culture, as well as participate in live dancing," Flores said. "The purpose of the event is to remind others that Native Americans are still here. And because Nacogdoches is a city whose citizens share pride in the city's history, this is a nice opportunity for the community and campus to embrace the native history of not only Nacogdoches but America."

The Sampson Brothers' performances are free to attend.

For more information, visit the OMA website at www.sfasu.edu/multicultural.