I attended the Unity in Arts program April 18, 2017 in the Sam Noble Museum. I found this event very interesting because a lot of different cultures, races, and ethnicities were represented. First, I’d love to talk about the Native American Inter-tribal Dancers. I personally had never seen anything like it and it was amazing! The dances reminded me a little of African Tribal dances. They were very expressive of their feelings and I felt something in my body when they started to dance. They weren’t dancing just to dance, but it seemed like they were dancing for a reason and they had a purpose. The dances play a vital role in religious rituals and other special ceremonies. The dances are normally held around a large fire in an open field. This was one of my favorite parts of the event.
Next, is the outstanding violin performance by Dominique Hammons. I have been fortunate enough to hear Dominique play at the Miss Black OU pageant I was in; he never disappoints. The way he incorporated the smooth Jazz and beautiful culture into his music is breathtaking. You don’t normally see African American men playing the violin, and playing it that well. He is opening the minds of so many young black men and women to believe that they can also play an instrument so beautifully. As minorities, we need to see someone like us doing and achieving these great things!
The Lion dancing was, to me, the most interesting of the performances. Lion dancing is a traditional Chinese dance, which normally is performed at the Chinese New Year and other religious holidays or special occasions. They wear masks, costumes, and very lively attire that looks like a lion. It was definitely not the same as the Native American Intertribal dance, but like them, the dance was very expressive. There was meaning behind their dance which made it that much better. This is a tradition within China and it is beautiful!
The traditional Latin American dance was one of my favorites as well. I felt like I was watching an episode of Dancing with the Stars! Most people recognize the samba and the salsa from the Latin American culture. These dances seems so fun, lively and sexy, but they are also very romantic. Some people believe these dances only come from Mexico or Spain, but they come from all over! For example the Salsa was originated in the Caribbean. The Bachata is from the Dominican Republic and the Cha Cha is from Cuba. Like the other dances, these are tradition for these countries.
The Persian Calligraphy was very interesting. This is not just a type of writing, but a form of art. They use both contemporary and classical techniques. After the 7th century, Persians adapted the Arabic alphabet to Persian and developed the contemporary Persian alphabet. Lastly is the Poetry and Quran Recitation. The Quran is very sacred in the Muslin religion. It is the like the Bible to the Christian faith. I loved that all these cultures were represented at this event. I felt like we were all coming together to learn about each culture instead of it just being about one. I think it’s great that the different traditions and cultures could come together to create this wonderful event. It was put together very nicely and I can’t wait to come to it again, hopefully if this happened sometime again next year.