AITKIN -- Reuben Fast Horse is a traditional Lakota singer, dancer, flutist, drummer, craftsman, storyteller and educator who will perform Sunday as part of this year's Festival of Adventures in Aitkin.
Reuben and his wife, Ash, will present a performance regarding Native American culture and dance.
Reuben researches the traditions to preserve and perform such dances as the "Buffalo Dance" and "Eagle Dance," both of which had almost disappeared from Lakota culture. He performs Lakota songs, as well as songs in the Ojibway, Dini and Blackfoot languages.
If you go
What: Festival of Adventures
Where: Aitkin City Park
When: Saturday and Sunday
Cost: $5 at the gate for ages 10 and older; $3 in advance
Reuben has been certified by both the Tribe and the North Dakota State Board of Education as an Eminent Scholar and he taught Lakota culture at the Standing Rock Elementary Grant School from 1996-1998.
Reuben has performed both nationally and on world tour. He has appeared at the WOMAD World Music Festival three times. He also performed with Kevin Locke in New Zealand in 1997, followed by an extensive Australian tour. He next performed at WOMAD in Reading, England, with Lunar Drive (a Native American techno/dance band). In 1999 he presented his own show at WOMAD with his wife in Adelaide, South Australia.
Also at this weekend's Festival of Adventures, the Fairbanks Family Dancers will perform powwow dancing Saturday an Sunday.
Other weekend entertainers will include Lorren Lindevig, Urban Renewal Bluegrass, Hickory Wind, The Gaels, Skalmusik and Gibson, Martin & I. Dancing demonstrations, live music on the grounds and a Viking encampment will be featured. The logging camp, rendezvous camp and Zebulon Pike's encampment will be the setting for the Festival of Adventures.
Festival of Adventures will run Saturday and Sunday in the Aitkin City Park. Take U.S. 169 south from the stoplights to the Ripple River bridge and turn west to the city park.
Admission is a 2002 Festival of Adventures button per person, ages 10 and up. Buttons are $5 each at the gate or $3 in advance. Advance button sales will be available until Friday at selected Aitkin merchants and the Aitkin Area Chamber of Commerce office.
For more information call 800-526-8342 or (218) 927-2316, or visit www.aitkin.com on the web.
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