Kwahadi 55th Annual Winter Show
Kwahadi 55th Annual Winter Show – Come See Us!
Performance in Sybil Harrington Plaza, “Deer Dance” by Valorie Graves of Taos, and olla (pots used to gather water)
55th Annual Winter Night Shows,
And All Tickets $5!
Kwahadi Museum, 9151 I-40 E, Amarillo, TX
75th Anniversary of Kwahadi Dancers
February 1, 8, 15, 22, and 29th, 7:00 PM
Museum open at 6:00 PM. Museum gift shop – ticket reservations: 806-335-3175
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The Kwahadi Dancers, the Winter Show, and Their Museum
The Kwahadi program began 75 years ago during the closing days of WWII. Since that time over 2200 boys and girls have participated on the show team. The Kwahadis have presented over 4200 shows in 48 states and overseas. This past summer they were invited to present four shows at the World Scout Jamboree in W. Virginia for youth from all over the world. They were invited in 2008 by the International Olympic Committee to perform in the opening ceremonies of the International Xtreme Games in Busan, S. Korea.
The Kwahadi program is open to all youth, 11 -21 years of age, who live in Amarillo, Canyon, Claude, Dumas, Hereford, Plainview, and towns all across the Panhandle. Officially Venturing Crew 9, the group is a family-based organization which works to provide educational and leadership growth for the youth of the Kwahadis and the thousands of youth who see them perform each year. 3000 traveling youth groups from Scouting, churches, and schools overnight in the museum in the summer and see the Kwahadi summer show, Song of the Eagle, in the large Sybil B. Harrington Room. The Kwahadis travel coast to coast in their own bus and perform for at community events and for youth programs in churches, schools, youth camps, and community arts centers.
In the mid 1960’s the Kwahadis were inspired to create a new and totally different show for the winter months which featured the dances of the Southwest. This is the 55th Annual Winter Show. The annual show is entitled, Tyuonyi, after the ancient village in Bandolier National Monument. The show is a journey back in time to when people gathered on the long cold winter nights in the ancient Great Houses for a night of song and dance.
The first thing visitors notice when they enter the museum is the unique architecture designed by the late architect, Terrace Doane. When the Kwahadis planned and opened their museum facility in 2004, it featured a special room designed as a theater for the winter show. The room recreates elements of the ancient buildings built of stone and logs.
The Kwahadi Museum and its programs are a non-profit organization. No youth or leader receives any pay. All income is used to keep the museum open for school children and visitors from all over the world. The museum features art and artifact of the buffalo hunting cultures of the Great Plains, and the farming culture of the Southwest. The arts and crafts of over 100 native artists can be viewed or purchased in the museum gift shop.
Visitors to the museum can enjoy several collections. The museum features art and artifacts of buffalo hunters of the Plains and of the corn farmers of the Southwest. The fine paintings of Tom Mails, author of Mystic Warriors of the Plains and eleven other books on native Americans, can be seen in the Thomas Mails Room. The art of many artists, both native and non-native, illustrate the cultures and Plains and Pueblos. The wood carvings of Jess Gurule, Bob Altman, and David Wesley, along with Bob Jones’ carvings of the indigenous birds of the Plains, are also on display in the Mails’ Room. The murals of Southwestern dances by Steve Napper, Beverly Fry, and Terry Carnes can be viewed in the Kiva room.
The museum gift shop features the arts and crafts of over 100 native artists, including jewelry, basketry, kachina dolls, contemporary dance regalia, and pottery along with hundreds of books on native topics. the museum is open Sat/Sun from 1 – 5 during the school year, and Tue – Sun 1-5 during the summer months. It is also open by appointment for guided tours, performances, and docent programs for school groups, Scout groups, and tour buses. The unique facility can be rented for conventions, weddings, funerals, and other special group gatherings.