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As world-renowned dancers, Lumhe and Samsoche Sampson (Mvskoke Creek/Seneca)—a.k.a. the Sampson Brothers— strive to promote cultural pride, unity, and hope by setting a positive example through art, education, and dance. They hope to give back to their tribe and the Indigenous community as a whole by breaking stereotypes and thus creating opportunities for generations to come. The Sampson Brothers aim to be successful artists, but also use that success to educate others while keeping their culture alive. With perseverance in modern times and tradition in tact, they bridge two worlds to provide positive inspiration as 21st century warriors.
We are Still HERE... We are STILL DANCING.
Hoop dance has been the Brothers' passion and instrument of choice since they first learned as young boys. While the Powwow styles of Grass and Fancy dance were their origins when they began to walk, they were always encouraged to "never stop learning" and try more... That's when they were introduced to and picked up their first hoops. At first, it was simply to inform and share with their peers at school assemblies, yet it quickly became a means of living, and ultimately, a way of life. More than 25 years later, they have since performed in more than half a dozen countries, 100's of Universities, and demonstrated/educated 1000s of individuals around the world about their culture and Indigenous Hoop Dancing.
As part of the inevitable perpetuation of knowledge that hoop dance epitomizes, reciprocity is something that has happened naturally and has become a finely honed art for the Sampson Bros. Not only do they perform, but they also offer workshops in their respective crafts such as Hoop dance, Powwow Style dance(s), Native Flute/Music, and more. For more information on the workshops the Sampson Bros offer please contact us by clicking HERE.
Keep an eye/ear out for any posts about the coming Blog that delves into their unique perspectives on their lives as Indigenous Dancers and many more intriguing topics!! Follow them @sampsonbroz on Twitter and Instagram!!!!