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Intertribal Dance Enterprise to Perform at Schaefer Center

Intertribal Dance Collective Indigenous Enterprise Showcases Native American Culture through Dynamic Powwow, Fancy Dress and Jingle Dress Dance

 The critically acclaimed troupe performs at the Schaefer Center for the Performing Arts on Thursday, Nov. 16 at 7pm.


BOONE, NC — The Schaefer Center Presents series, presented by Appalachian State University’s Office of Arts and Cultural Programs, welcomes intertribal collective Indigenous Enterprise in “Indigenous Liberation,” an evening of powwow, fancy dress and jingle dress dance, Nov. 16 at 7pm at the Schaefer Center for the Performing Arts. Showcasing traditional dance with dazzling regalia and a contemporary flair, the Phoenix, Arizona-based dance troupe brings their rich cultural heritage to life with a dynamic performance of dance and song that is rooted in tradition but flavored with cotemporary hip-hop, bounce and attitude.

Tickets are $28, $23 for local residents of Ashe, Avery and Watauga counties/App State Faculty/Staff, and $10 for all students and children. Purchase at the Schaefer Center for the Performing Arts, online at, or by calling 828-262-4046.

Since its founding eight years ago, the group has commanded attention: It had a cameo in the 2016 music video “Stand Up/Stand N Rock” with Taboo of the Black Eyed Peas and performed at the Sydney Opera House in 2019. In recent years, Indigenous Enterprise has appeared on the TV competition World of Dance, in the virtual inauguration parade for President Biden, and during the NBA finals.

Indigenous Enterprise co-founder and company leader Kenneth Shirley, a Navajo dancer, was taken to powwows by his mother, a Fancy Shawl dancer. Shirley’s specialty, the Fancy Dance, is an athletic style done in multiple feathered bustles. Fellow dancer Acosia Red Elk, from the Umatilla tribe in Oregon, is a champion powwow dancer, dominating the Jingle Dance category. For that dance, women wear dresses festooned with rows of jingly metal cones. Most of the powwow dances are healing dances, whether danced as stress relief or as a kind of prayer for those who can’t dance. Shirley describes the group’s style as “Native American with a little bit of hip-hop,” discernible in footwork and bounce, as well as attitude. Grounded in tradition but imbued with an improvisational flair, Indigenous Enterprise’s dances stretch the assumption of what a Native American dance troupe can be. In interviews, Shirley has repeatedly emphasized how the group aims to hype up the crowd, urging the crowd to “make some noise,” in the vein of a rock concert. Yet amidst all the flair and flash, Indigenous Enterprise never loses sight of the company’s aim, says Shirley, which is to “increase Native American representation. … to be seen and for Native kids to see that they are included.”

About Indigenous Enterprise
Indigenous Enterprise is a Phoenix, Arizona-based Native American inter­tribal dance troupe founded in 2015 with a mission to share the culture of Indigenous people and increase the understanding of Native identity through film, fashion, and dance. Since their founding, Indigenous Enterprise has become one of the most dynamic and exciting cultural companies in the world. Their performances have captivated audiences at some of the most iconic venues and events, including the Super Bowl, Sydney Opera House, Joyce Theater, and the 2020 Presidential Inauguration. They have received critical acclaim from publications such as The New York Times and Vogue magazine for their captivating performances and stunning visual artistry.


In addition to their dance performances, Indigenous Enterprise has also made a name for itself in the fashion world, with a successful clothing line that showcases the beauty and richness of Native American culture. Their unique designs have gained a loyal following of fans who appreciate their unique blend of tradition and contemporary fashion. Indigenous Enterprise is also a film production company, creating stunning visual storytelling for clients such as the Arizona Diamondbacks and the Phoenix Suns. Their creative vision has been showcased in music videos, commercials, and promotional content. The company is currently in devel­opment on a television show that promises to bring their unique perspec­tive and creative vision to a wider audience. Through their work, Indigenous Enterprise is dedicated to preserving and promoting indigenous culture in a positive and inspiring way.

Indigenous Liberation was made possible by the New England Foundation for the Arts’ National Dance Project, with lead funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.




All performances take place at the Schaefer Center for the Performing Arts at 7:30pm.



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Tickets: Purchase in person at the Schaefer Center for the Performing Arts (733 Rivers St), online at, or call 828.262.4046.


About “The Schaefer Center Presents”

“The Schaefer Center Presents” series offers campus and community audiences a diverse array of music, dance and theatre programming designed to enrich the cultural landscape of the Appalachian State University campus and surrounding area. By creating memorable performance experiences and related educational and outreach activities, the series promotes the power and excitement of the live performance experience; provides a “window on the world” through the artistry of nationally and internationally renowned artists; and showcases some of the finest artists of our nation and our region. Musical events range from symphony orchestra and chamber music performances to jazz, folk, traditional, international, and popular artists. Theatre productions run the gamut from serious drama to musical comedy. Dance performances offer an equally wide array of styles, from ballet to modern dance to international companies representing cultural traditions from around the world. For more information, visit


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