Tribal people around the world have always expressed their subconsciousness through song and dance bringing their dreams into reality by painting, sculpting, beading, singing and dancing them. As accomplished dancers and singers, Ash and Reuben exercise and preserve their heritage through these mediums. The Northern Plains Traditional Woman's Dance, the stomping Buffalo Dance, the high-flying Eagle Dance and the roving Round Dance, are a mixed array of rare and common songs and dances featured in their performances.
Today's society often forgets the importance of love, romance and relationships. Through their marriage, the husband and wife team, give a romantic glimpse of a traditional flute serenade. This courtship of old was expressed in the past by many tribes in wooing the one they loved.
As reenactors, Ash and Reuben, portray a living history of the 1800's. Utilizing, outfits, tools and crafts, made traditionally by their hand. They can be found at many primitive festivals, called Rendezvous, throughout the Midwest. Lecturing on the relationships and holistic lifestyles of the Native influence in the Fur Trade era.
As educators and cultural ambassadors to overseas audiences, the Fast Horses have performed at the prestigious WOMAD (World Music Art and Dance) Festival four times:
~ 2003 Adelaide, South Australia
~ 1999 Adelaide, South Australia
~ 1998 Reading, England
~ 1997 Auckland, New Zealand
In addition they have done exclusive performances for the National Parks System in South Australia, the Canberra National Multicultural Festival in Canberra, A.C.T. (Australian Capital Territory), and tours with the South Australian Arts Council in rural areas.
Presenting closer to home, Ash and Reuben have worked with the Discovery Theater in the Smithsonian Institute, John Hopkins University, the Naval Research Laboratory, the National Parks System, as well as various National universities, colleges, schools, libraries and festivals in the United States.
Skillfully interweaving story, music and dance with history and present perspectives, the Fast Horses entertain and educate audiences of all ages.
Ash and Reuben speak eloquently about the contributions of Native America to contemporary life. "We love sharing this information and perspective with everyone because we all benefit from the knowledge and practices of tribal peoples. If you peel back the layers of American history, you'll find roots in Native America. Much of our foods, tools, medicines and governmental structures are derived from Ancient America and as citizens we should all know our history."
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