Traditional Banquet & Dance. Live Performance by Atamira Dance Company & Multiple Artists.
San Francisco International Arts Festival and the New Zealand American Association of San Francisco invites the public to share a special day to celebrate the first Bay Area appearance of Atamira Dance Company from New Zealand with a day of Indigenous and traditional performances and music and a traditional Hangi Dinner.
Witness great performances by Indigenous artists and traditional dancers, share wonderful food, take a dance class and meet the members of Atamira and the expatriate Kiwi community of the Bay Area. Blessings and Performances by Ann Marie Sayers, Atamira Dance Company, Te Mana O Te Ra, Māori Mo Ake Tonu, Audiopharmacy and La Gente.
As individuals representing the Maori people, it is customary that they ask for and receive permission from the local indigenous nation to be on their land. In San Francisco the indigenous tribe is the Ohlone. Spiritualist, activist and artist Ann Marie Sayers will lead the permissions ceremony as part of the public celebrations at the Golden Gate Rugby Club on Sunday July 28. The members of Atamira will respond with the traditional Maori Haka Dance. There will also be performances by local companies Te Mana O Te Ra (Tahiti) and Māori Mo Ake Tonu (New Zealand).
This will be followed by the Hangi Banquet. Hangi cooking is the traditional Maori celebratory meal created by cooking large amounts of food in covered pits that are dug into the earth, covered and steamed for several hours.
Post Dinner music performances will be by indigenous/multi-cultural hip hop group Audiopharmacy and exponents of cumbia La Gente.