Press Release- Native American History Month

Native American Artists Patrick Willie (Navajo) and Rhiannon Murphy (Cherokee) Visit Havana

November 30, 2023

 

In celebration of Native American History Month, Rhiannon Murphy (Cherokee) and Patrick Willie (Navajo) visited Havana to raise awareness about the integral role of indigenous cultures and traditions in U.S. and Cuban society.  The visit, a collaboration between the U.S. Embassy in Havana, the Cuban Ministry of Culture, and Cuban institutes of arts and education, included two public performances, master classes with students, and exchanges with Cuban audiences.

Rhiannon Murphy is an Afro-Cuban/Cherokee woman from the vibrant streets of Spanish Harlem, New York.  She is a classically trained dancer as well as a traditional Native American dancer.  With a 30-year career in arts and movement, she is a highly skilled choreographer, singer, percussionist, yoga instructor, and martial artist.  Rhiannon has previously worked in institutions such as the Ballet Hispánico School of Dance, the Dance Theatre of Harlem School and the Alvin Ailey School.

Patrick Willie is from Orem, Utah and is a Native American from the Navajo Tribe.   Both his parents are from New Mexico.  He has been Powwow and Hoop dancing his whole life, which has allowed him to travel all over the world.  He does presentations at schools and events spreading Native American culture and battling negative stereotypes.

The two artists hosted performances, on November 26 and 28 at the Miramar Theater in Havana.  They also conducted masterclasses and interacted with students, artists, and professors at the Casa de las Américas, ISA, and the Escuela Nacional de Música.

 

U.S. DEPARTMENT of  STATE

Embajada de los Estados Unidos de América

Calzada entre L y M – Vedado – (+53 7) 839.4100 – Habana, Cuba

Cu.usembassy.gov