Grant Recipient Details

Gilbert, AZ
Project Title
Indigenous Liberation
Fiscal Year Awarded
Grant or Program
National Dance Project Production Grant
Grant Amount

In partnership with the Joyce Theater in New York City, Indigenous Enterprise presents INDIGENOUS LIBERATION, an intertribal multimedia dance showcase featuring songs and dances from all over Turtle Island. Led by champion Fancy Dancer Kenneth Shirley (NBC's World of Dance), this new work will highlight traditional pow wow categories such as Fancy War Dance (Ponca), Jingle Dress (Ojibwa), Hoop (Taos Pueblo), Chicken (Blackfoot), Northern Traditional (Lakota), Fancy Shawl (Ponca), and Grass Dance (Omaha). Indigenous Liberation will share the healing spirit each song and dance holds and will invite people to see and understand Native people in ways they haven't before.

Indigenous Enterprise is located on the land of the Navajo Nation.

Estimated Artist Fee: $8,500/performance or $38,000/week long residency

Presenter Partners

  • Edith Kanaka'ole Foundation (Hilo, HI)
  • Lincoln Center (New York, NY)
  • United National Indian Tribal Youth (UNITY) (Mesa, AZ)

Tour Coordinator

Kenneth Shirley, CEO
Indigenous Enterprise
Tel. (480) 594-665

NDP Presentation Grant

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Work Samples


On a street, a dancer, in traditional Indigenous performance garb, jumps.
courtesy of the artists
Outside the Sydney Opera House, a crowd watches four dancers do flips.
photo by Daniel Boud
On a city street, three dancers, in traditional Indigenous garb, lean and hold their arms out in motion.
courtesy of the artists