Published April 25, 2016
SANTA FE — IAIA Performing Arts honored noted Indigenous dancer and instructor Daystar Rosalie Jones (Pembina/Chippewa) with a Lifetime Achievement Award on Monday April 11, 2016.
Daystar Rosalie Jones’s career spans fifty years, during which time she taught throughout the United States and Canada to encourage and promote the development of Indigenous talent in the performing arts. Born on the Blackfeet Reservation in Montana, she holds an MS in Dance from University of Utah, with postgraduate work at the Juilliard School, NYC. In 1980 Rosalie Jones founded Daystar: Contemporary Dance Drama of Indian America, touring North America, Ireland, Finland, Bulgaria and Turkey.
Jones has a long and important history with IAIA. She came here to teach in 1966 and choreographed IAIA’s landmark production Sipapu: A Drama of Authentic Dance and Chants of Indian America that toured to the Carter Barron Amphitheatre in Washington, D.C., where Secretary of the Interior Stewart Udall and his wife Lee Udall were in attendance. As a result of seeing Sipapu, Mrs. Udall created TheCenter for Arts of Indian America, which provided scholarships to broaden their experience and training within the performing arts and implementing this training for Indigenous creative and professional work. Daystar was one of the first recipients of this scholarship, which took her to Juilliard. Daystar returned to IAIA from 1989 to 1995, which included serving as Chair of Performing Arts from 1989 to 1992.
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