Native Youth On Tour With Maori Group

Not sure how many knew that three youth from one of our Canoe Families is touring with a Maori group from New Zealand. The group is Dramatic Influence New Zealand.

Yep… it’s true!

Three teens from Muckleshoot Tribe went to New Zealand, lived there for six months, trained, learned the songs, language, and dance of the Maori to come back and travel the U.S. and Canada, presenting their program in schools and tribal communities for the next six months.

 Dramatic Influence New Zealand at Nisqually Tribe, Nov. 2007   Dramatic Influence New Zealand at Nisqually Tribe, Nov. 2007    Dramatic Influence New Zealand at Nisqually Tribe Nov. 2007

We saw this group of 15 youth perform at Lower Elwha Tribal Center on Saturday, Sept. 29th. The talent, energy, and inspiriation that they all have is just amazing.

And the message, presented through Maori song and dance, drama, sign language, hip-hop, and rap is to challenge young people: “It’s cool to stay in school”, and “BE FREE: Drug-free, Alcohol-free, Tabacco-free, and Violence-free”.

They have a message board to help people follow their tour, and to communicate with them throughout their journey:  Dramatic Influence New Zealand Group on Yahoo.  They also have an interactive lens page Dramatic Influence NZ that may interest you as well.  Check them out, and this way encourage and support their efforts.  It’s really for all our youth in all our tribes.

CLICK HERE for more information.

Dramatic Influence New Zealand at Nisqually Tribe, Nov. 2007

Maori girls during program

Photos courtesy of Dramatic Influence New Zealand.